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Exclusive: Sergio Mendes Talks Rio Blu-ray!

3 August 2011 2:14 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The smash hit animated musical adventure from 20th Century Fox is available on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD August 2nd

20th Century Fox's animated hit Rio is making its Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD debut this week. To help usher in this fantastic family release, we caught up with world renown musician Sergio Mendes, who contributed heavily to the soundtrack. Here, we talk about the creation of the rhythms heard in the movie, the storyline, which follows a domesticated Macaw hoping to find love in Brazil, and what it was like collaborating with director Carlos Saldanha.

This is our conversation.

Why was Rio a movie that demanded the musical expertise of Sergio Mendes?

Sergio Mendes: Well, when you talk about Rio, one of the most important things about the city is the music. The rhythms of Carnival you find in Rio are something people all over the world know, »

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Rio Blu-ray and DVD Arrive August 2nd

15 June 2011 11:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As summer heats up, spread your wings and celebrate with the funniest birds in town! The all-new comedy-adventure Rio comes to Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Rio brings together vivid characters and colorful backdrops amidst energizing Latin and contemporary tunes, creating the ultimate family-friendly music and dance experience for audiences of all ages. In addition to more than one hour of special bonus features and materials, consumers will have access to all-new exclusive levels of the smash video game hit Angry Birds Rio that showcase your favorite characters from the film!

Captured as a young bird from the wild, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network) is a domesticated Spix Macaw living thousands of miles away from his homeland, Brazil. When his human owner Linda (Leslie Mann, 17 Again) discovers that he is the last male of his kind, they head south to Rio de Janeiro to meet the only other female. »

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Box Office Beatdown: Fast Five Drives Away with $83 Million

1 May 2011 12:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Weekend Box Office

Fast Five $83.6 millionRio $14.4 millionMadea's Big Happy Family $10 millionWater for Elephants $9.1 millionProm $5 millionHoodwinked Too! Hood Vs. Evil $4.1 millionSoul Surfer $4.1 millionInsidious $2.8 millionHop $2.2 millionScream 4 $2.1 million

It's been a boffo weekend for Fast Five. This big budget car sequel seems to have welcomed the summer blockbuster season into the box office. It managed to crank out a spectacular $83 million. Add in international takes and it's grossed $165 million. This is particularly impressive because this surprisingly well-reviewed crowd-pleaser has managed to top the previous entry in the series which made $71 million on opening weekend.

In other news, Rich Ross of Disney is no doubt tucking his tail between his legs after his first attempt at creating a new franchise bombed big time. Prom was an utter disaster. They had predicted a $9 million opening but instead the tween film debuted to a very disappointing $5 million. It seems this won't be getting the High School Musical »

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Box Office Beatdown: Rio Flies to the Top with $26.5 Million

24 April 2011 11:20 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Weekend Box Office

Rio $26.8 millionMadea's Big Happy Family $26 millionWater for Elephants $17.5 millionHop $12 millionScream 4 $7 millionAfrican Cats $6 millionSoul Surfer $5.5 millionInsidious $5 millionHanna $5 millionSource Code $4.8 million

It was another winning weekend for the movie industry with box office receipts up an estimated 34% from this time last year making everyone hope the 2011 slump is over. Rain in much of the country no doubt helped encourage moviegoers to buy a ticket and stay indoors.

You can't keep a good bird down evidently. Rio was the champ for the second weekend running. It's $26.5 million haul was enough to beat out Madea's Big Happy Family that opened to a robust $26 million. However, Tyler Perry's sixth cross-dressing film performed under expectations. Many had been projecting a $30 million opening weekend but it wasn't able to pull that off. The last two movies featuring his popular Madea character had opened at $41 million and $30 million. Are audiences getting tired of Madea? »

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Box Office Predictions: Madea's Big Happy Family Expected to Make Big, Happy Easter Haul

22 April 2011 11:54 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Predicted Weekend Box Office

Madea's Big Happy Family $30 millionRio $20 millionWater for Elephants $15 millionHop $8.3 millionScream 4 $7.4 millionAfrican Cats $7 millionSoul Surfer $5 millionInsidious $4.8 millionHanna $4.5 millionSource Code $4.2 million

Tyler Perry is poised to be the big man on campus this weekend with his latest Madea offering, Madea's Big Happy Family, projected to pull in about $30 million. The last two films in the series featuring the popular character opened to $30 million and $41 million so this should be on par with those debuts.

He'll face a bit of competition from Rio, last week's champ. The film has had a strong week at the box office (making $3.6 million on Wednesday alone) so it should continue to do well this weekend since there isn't much new competition for its targeted family audience. Look for it to fly into the second position, but if Perry's movie stumbles, it could be a repeat win for the tropical bird flick. Hop should »

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Box Office Beatdown: Rio Bests Scream 4 with $40 Million

17 April 2011 11:53 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Weekend Box Office

Rio $40 millionScream 4 $19.3 millionHop $11.2 millionSoul Surfer $7.4 millionHanna $7.3 millionArthur $6.9 millionInsidious $6.9 millionSource Code $5.5 millionThe Conspirator 3.9 millionYour Highness $3.9 million

The headline news for box office watchers this weekend is that it's the first to end the slump. Ticket totals had been averaging below the previous year's take most every weekend this year so far. The estimated $139 million haul is well above the same weekend last year which topped out at $119 million.

Rio was the unsurprising big winner at the Us box office this weekend with a $40 million take, right on track with the estimates going into Friday. The tropical bird film earned another $53 million overseas. Add that to its initial $80 million already earned (it had been released in some international markets prior to its Us debut) and the birds have managed to rack up an impressive $168 million so far. Not bad!

Meanwhile, Scream 4 was projected to do around $27 million but »

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Box Office Predictions: Will Rio Fly Away with the Top Spot?

15 April 2011 1:00 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Predicted Weekend Box Office

Rio $40 millionScream 4 $30 millionHop $10.8 millionHanna $7.1 millionArthur $16 millionSoul Surfer $6.2 millionSource Code $5.5 millionInsidious $5.4 millionYour Highness $3.7 millionLimitless $3.2 million

Will there ever be a weekend during which a completely non-animated movie takes the top spot at the box office? I don't know. But it doesn't look like it's going to be this weekend. The tropical bird-tastic Rio will be swooping into cineplexes, and will likely fly off with about $35-40 million. I think based on how marvelously Hop has managed to do over the past two weeks that folks are still hungry for their animated fantasias. Rio seems like it's much better than the bunny movie, so I think it will play really strong. Maybe even more than the $40 million. This comes from the creative team behind the Ice Age movies, so a built in fan base should be ready to turn out as well. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs grossed an astounding $886 million. »

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