'Rio' swings to the top at the box office

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Actor George Lopez arrives at the premiere of Rio at the Chinese theater in Hollywood, California, on April 10, 2011.

The animated movie “Rio” might help swing Hollywood out of the doldrums. "Rio" flew to the top of the box office bringing in $40 million. That makes it the number one opening so far this year.

The tale of romance and rare birds contributed to business climbing overall at the box office.

"Scream 4" didn’t really shake things up. It drew more than $19 million, less than the preceding installments of the slasher movie.

“Hop” skipped down to number three after being number one the last couple of weeks. Russell Brand is featured in the combination live-action and animated Easter Bunny tale.

Robert Redford is the director of another new release this weekend. "The Conspirator," a drama about the assassination of President Lincoln, opened in limited release at number nine.

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