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Brand’s ‘Hop,’ ‘Arthur’ Lead Weekend Box Office

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Actor Russell Brand arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's "HOP" at CityWalk on March 27, 2011 in Universal City.  (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Actor Russell Brand arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s “HOP” at CityWalk on March 27, 2011 in Universal City. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The good news for Russell Brand is that his animated comedy “Hop” remains the top movie for the second-straight weekend with $21.7 million.

The bad news for Brand is that his new live-action comedy “Arthur” could not jump as high as “Hop.” A remake of Dudley Moore’s 1981 romance about a rich, drunken man-child finally learning to grow up, “Arthur” was a distant second with a modest debut of $12.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Opening close behind at No. 3 with $12.3 million was “Hanna,” the tale of a teenager trained as a killing machine that stars Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana and Saoirse Ronan.

With a solid second weekend, Brand’s Easter bunny tale “Hop” raised its 10-day total to $68.2 million.

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