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Hop bounds to top of US box office

Russell Brand's Easter bunny has hopped into the top spot at the weekend box office in the US.

The family comedy Hop debuted at number one with 38.1 million dollars, according to studio estimates.

With Russell providing the voice of the reluctant new Easter bunny, Hop bounded well beyond the expectations of industry analysts, who had figured the movie would debut in the 25 million dollar range.

Released by Universal, Hop matched the year's best debut, for Rango, which opened a month ago with 38.1 million dollars.

Jake Gyllenhaal's action thriller Source Code debuted at number two with 15.1 million dollars. The haunted-house tale Insidious opened at number three with 13.5 million.

A Summit Entertainment release, Source Code stars Jake as an Army officer tracking down a terrorist bomber by entering the mind of a man aboard a train that's about to be blown up.

Insidious, released by Film District, features Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne as a couple with three young children who encounter an eerie force after moving into a new house.

The previous weekend's top movie, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, fell to number four with 10.2 million dollars, raising its total to 38.4 million.

While Hop was among the year's best openings, it was unable to lift Hollywood out of a box-office slide that has persisted since late last year.

Overall revenues came in at 125 million dollars, solid receipts for this time of year. Yet that was down 30 per cent from the same weekend last year, when Clash Of The Titans had a summer-style blockbuster opening of 61.2 million, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

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