‘Hop’ skips and jumps to No. 1 at box offices

LOS ANGELES, April 3 (Reuters) – Animated movie “Hop,”
about a music-loving teenage rabbit, jumped to the top of box
office office charts with $38 million in North American ticket
sales, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

The movie, in which comedian Russell Brand voices a young
rabbit who will one day become the Easter Bunny, easily
outdistanced the No. 2 film, thriller “Source Code,” which
collected $15 million. Rounding out the top three was
“Insidious” with $13.5 million. All three movies were in their
first weekends in theaters.

“Hop” was released by Universal Pictures, which is part of
the NBC Universal media company run by Comcast Corp. (CMSCA.O: Quote, Profile, Research).
“Source Code” was distributed by Summit Entertainment and
“Insidious” by FilmDistrict, both of which are privately held.
(Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by Deborah Charles)

‘Hop’ skips and jumps to No. 1 at box offices