Rio Beats Scream 4 at Weekend Box Office

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Family films continue to reign supreme at the box office.

Audiences flocked to see the animated film Rio, which debuted in first place with nearly $40 million in ticket sales, according to

The movie, which features the voice talents of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, earned $10 million more than movie analysts predicted. Wes Craven's Scream 4 -- starring Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox and Emma Roberts -- wasn't as well-received. It debuted at No. 2 with $19.2 million (about $2 million below expectations).

The Arthur Brand and James Marsden film Hop, which topped the box office for two consecutive weeks, fell to No. 3 with $11.2 million. Rounding out the Top 5 were Soul Surfer (No. 4, $7.4 million) and Hanna (No. 5, $7.3 million).