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The birds of Rio 2 almost knocked Captain America: The Winter Soldier off of his box-office perch over the weekend. Ultimately, the Marvel standalone adventure held on to the top slot, but the animated comedy still banked a healthy $39 million. That is exactly what the first Rio earned in 2011, and that film went on to bank $484 million worldwide. So far, Rio 2 has global grosses of $163 million. That.s an incredible start. Does this mean that Rio 3 is inevitable? Probably. Director Carlos Saldanha has dabbled in sequels over the years, having helmed three Ice Age movies and a second Rio film. During the recent world premiere in Miami, Florida, I sat down with the cast of Rio 2 to ask them where they.d want Rio 3 to go. The beautiful thing about animation is that there are no boundaries. The sky is the limit as to where (and even when »
"Rio 2" flew to the top of the box office on Friday, narrowly beating Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." The animated sequel picked up $12 million on its first Friday night, while "Captain" earned another $11.9 million. "Rio 2" will likely earn around $45 million for the weekend, significantly ahead of 2011's "Rio," which debuted to $39.2 million, and ultimately made $143 million in North America. It features the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, and more. Now in its second week of release, "Captain" -- starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson -- will likely earn around $42 million over the next three days. The Marvel sequel's domestic total currently stands at a hefty $129.5 million. It will have no trouble topping the original film's total domestic gross of $176 million. Relativity's low budget horror film "Oculus" has already earned back its estimated $5 million production budget, after scaring up $4.9 million last night. »
- Dave Lewis
You have to love the fact that there are still production companies out there not named “Disney” or “Pixar” that know how to create a solid animated film. Dreamworks is a current powerhouse with the recent release of Mr. Peabody & Sherman and the How to Train Your Dragon sequel due in June. Even Laika (Coraline/Paranorman) has The Boxtrolls coming out this September. Luckily, Blue Sky also succeeded its latest masterpiece, Epic, with Rio 2, the sequel to 2011’s Rio.
Rio 2 follows Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and their three children as they journey across Brazil to find their long-lost family in the Amazon Rainforest. When they arrive, things aren’t as great as they seem, as Blu doesn’t quite fit in with the other macaws. And there’s also a gang of evildoers terrorizing the rainforest with chainsaws, explosives, and other nature-slaying equipment.
As with its predecessor, »
- Steve Goldberg
A few years ago, the delightful, colorful "Rio" flew into theaters and audiences' hearts and became a huge animated hit. Now the Blue Macaw gang is back in "Rio 2," with Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway reprising their roles as Blu and Jewel, the endangered lovebirds from the first movie. And they're joined by some new talent, most notably Jamie Foxx and Andy Garcia, who plays Blu's intimidating father-in-law. The huge cast of voice actors ...
By Craig Flaster »
Rio 2, the sequel to the 2011 computer-animated feature Rio, finds Blue Macaws Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) happily raising their hatchlings together in the party-friendly streets of Rio de Janeiro. However, upon learning that a flock of Blue Macaws may be living in the Amazon rainforest, the love birds decide to take a family trip (with a couple of friends) across South America to investigate. Once they’re in the Amazon, Blu and the others discover that more of their kind do exist in the wild, with Jewel’s long-lost father Eduaro (Andy Garcia) serving as their leader.
Blu then sets out to prove himself to Jewel’s unimpressed dad, oblivious to the fact that his old enemy Nigel the Cockatoo (Jemaine Clement) – no longer able to ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
.Rio 2. flies into theaters near you but is the sequel better than the first? All your favorite characters return for the second one including original director, Carlos Saldanha. The film is music-tinged no wonder many musicians flock to join the sequel including Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars. Before you head out to the theaters, take a look at my review.
It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids in Rio 2, after they're hurtled from that magical city to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets the most fearsome adversary of all - his father-in-law. All our favorite Rio characters are back, and they're joined by Oscar (R) nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy (R) winner Bruno Mars, Tony (R) winner Kristin Chenoweth and Oscar/Emmy (R)/Tony winner Rita Moreno. Rio 2 »
For all the cacophony of the movies themselves, there’s something to be said for the personal nature of the Rio franchise. Conceived by Brazilian director Carlos Saldanha as a way to highlight the culture and biodiversity of his native land, both the first Rio and now its sequel are at times too idiosyncratic to ignore. You can see it in the opening moments of Rio 2, as the camera travels across the water and arrives at a Rio de Janeiro teeming with white-clad citizens singing and dancing to greet the New Year. This is actually a thing – on New Year’s Eve, the citizens of Rio (and armies of tourists) don white and crowd the beaches and the streets. But Saldanha has re-imagined them as an almost heavenly choir – everybody sings in unison, on crowded buses, on beaches, on bridges, and on balconies. It’s a dream of a »
- Bilge Ebiri
These days animated films can go one of two ways: either you’re making something original and potentially interesting, or you’re making a sequel to that something original and potentially interesting you made previously because there’s a studio behind it that likes money. Such is the story of Blue Sky Studios and filmmaker Carlos Saldanha. Several times now Saldanha and the very talented animators at Blue Sky have given us something interesting. This includes Ice Age in 2002, Robots in 2005 and Rio in 2011. And with the exception of one (the sadly underrated and clever Robots), they’ve come back for more every single time. Four times in the case of Ice Age. Why? Because kids like it, parents will pay for it and these movies sell toys of prehistoric squirrels just trying to find a nut. Does the mere idea of a sequel discount a movie’s quality? No. Does »
- Neil Miller
Director Carlos Saldanha has been one of the principal creative forces at Blue Sky Studios since 1993. Saldanha was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and left his hometown in 1991 to follow his artistic instinct and passion for animation. With a background in computer science and a natural artistic sensibility, he found New York City the perfect locale to merge these skills and become an animator.
After the success of “Ice Age,” which got nominated for an Oscar in 2003, Saldanha took the directorial reins on “Ice Age: The Meltdown” (2006), the third computer-animated feature film from Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, which was the most profitable animated movie of the year. Next came the even more successful “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” which became one of biggest grossing animated films of all time, grossing over $887 million worldwide.
In 2011, Saldanha created and directed “Rio”, a love letter to his hometown, »
- Kellvin Chavez
I was supposed to review the first Rio two years ago but on the way to the Saturday morning press screening, my daughters and I were involved in a car accident which caused us to miss it. We caught up with the movie a couple of weeks later but I fell asleep and can’t remember a thing about it. I don’t fall asleep at movies often and never at ones I’m planning on reviewing (I fall asleep in church a lot – my wife’s always elbowing me in the ribs since I snore). Other films I’ve slept through include The Score (w/ DeNiro), Yogi Bear, Winter’S Bone, and all eight Harry Potter movies. In 1992 I slept through most of Map Of The Human Heart at the Shady Oak Theater in Clayton. When I awoke, all the other patrons had moved to seats as far away from me as possible. »
- Tom Stockman
Film: "Rio 2"; Voiceovers: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez, Kristin Chenoweth, Amandla Stenberg, Bruno Mars, Andy Garcia, Rachel Crow, Pierce Gagnon, Janelle Monae and Bebel Gilberto; Director: Carlos Saldanha; Rating: **1/2
In the last one year, after "Zambezia" and "Free Birds", we once again have animated talking birds in "Rio 2". But unlike the previous two films, this one is a musical which meanders at its own pace with avian antics and foot-tapping music.
- Anita Agarwal
Animated sequel Rio 2 could cruise to around $40 million this weekend, which would put it in a close race for first place against Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Meanwhile, Draft Day and Oculus are targeting more modest debuts.Captain America: The Winter Soldier set an April record last weekend with $95 million. Most comic book movies fall hard in their second weekends: similar movies Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World fell 58 percent and 57 percent, respectively. Captain America has better reviews and stronger word-of-mouth, though it would still be surprising if it dropped less than 50 percent. Playing at 3,948 locations, Rio 2 could give the Captain a run for its money. The first Rio opened to $39.2 million around the same time in 2011, and ultimately closed with a solid $143.6 million. While it was well-liked enough, its reputation doesn't seem to suggest a huge bump for the sequel.Rio 2 shifts the action »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Brazilian filmmaker Carlos Saldanha's Rio 2 is expected to gross $40 million to $45 million in its North America debut, putting it in a close race with holdover Captain America: The Winter Soldier for the top perch at the box office. The 3D animated family film hopes to parrot the success of Rio, which grossed $484.6 million worldwide and launched a new franchise for Saldanha, Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios. Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway return as the voice leads in the sequel, which opens exactly three years after the first movie took in $39 million on its
- Pamela McClintock
"Rio 2" is a perfect example of franchise maintenance in place of storytelling, and the nicest thing I can say about it is that my kids found it to be an agreeable way to spend part of an afternoon. I know I saw the first "Rio." My review of it was published in the days before we started putting letter grades on films in our reviews, but I would have given it a B or a B-. I liked the way they used Rio as a setting, I thought the performances were spirited and fun, and I really liked the soundtrack that was put together by Sergio Mendes. The sequel, which is practically the definition of "more of the same," is less successful in the way it uses the rain forest as a setting, and it features performances that feel far more phoned in while still featuring a non-stop dynamic »
- Drew McWeeny
Back in the day, kids would come out of popular animated movies quoting their favorite characters. I can remember my oldest son screaming Woody.s angry "You are a toy!" at people following Toy Story. Nowadays, however, young audiences bounce out of theaters singing the parts of movies that they love. The Lego Movie crowds thought "Everything is Awesome!" earlier this year. Don.t even get me started on the songs from Disney.s Frozen. I.m sure you are ready to Let It Go by now. The trend might have started with Rio. Director Carlos Saldanha.s 2011 animated comedy, about an American macaw out of his element in Rio de Janeiro, relied just as heavily on its music as it did its humor. Composer John Powell collaborated with Saldanha for a score of Brazilian beats that had crowds dancing in their seats. The tradition continues with Saldanha.s sequel, »
Most audiences in love with late-night host Jimmy Fallon are familiar with his History of Rap medley, performed with Justin Timberlake, but the comedian recently performed a slew of rap hits with a different singing partner. The wide-eyed, innocent-looking Anne Hathaway took to the Tonight Show stage with Fallon, digging into the foul-mouthed gangster-rap songbook — with a Broadway twist. Fresh off her performance in the recent film adaptation of Les Miserables, Hathaway channeled her inner Snoop Dog, 50 Cent and Kendrick Lamar with singsongy versions of "Gin and Juice," "In Da Club" and "Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe.” It’s something special. You can hear more of the actress’ vocal talents in the animated musical adventure Rio...
- Alison Nastasi
R, 1 Hr., 48 Mins.
The true story of Eric Lomax, a British WWII soldier who survived a Japanese Pow camp and confronted his torturer 50 years later, is astonishing. The movie version isn’t. Colin Firth smolders as the Ptsd-riddled veteran (played in flashbacks by War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine), and Nicole Kidman cries dutifully as his wife — but they’re both derailed by the movie’s tidy emotional resolutions. B- —Adam Markovitz
R, 1 Hr., 38 Mins.
- EW staff
★★☆☆☆With the eyes of the world fixed on Brazil ahead of this summer's World Cup, animated sequel Rio 2 (2014) swoops into cinemas looking to once again put the country on the map for all the right reasons. Whilst the illegal wildlife trade was a passing concern of the first film, the more prominent issue of deforestation now comes into play for returning director Carlos Saldanha's colourful follow-up. Unfortunately, whereas Blu's (Jesse Eisenberg, in his second film this week) Rio homecoming offered considerable warmth - if little of note besides - Rio 2's Amazon adventure finds its wings clipped by more tired and unnecessary subplots than you can shake a feather at. »
- CineVue UK
Um, did I miss the memo that said everyone and their mother loved Rio? Sure, it was a silly tropical song-and-dance worth a viewing with your familial flock, but we’re not talking “The Lego Movie level” good, or “Madagascar level” good, or “Frozen level” good. Rio was a jovial time-waster, yet when friends found out I’d be attending an early screening for Rio 2, my guest pass became a hot ticket item – even for an 11Am showing on a Saturday. Honestly, I felt like I missed this animated phenomenon somehow reinventing the genre, so I walked into Rio 2 a tad confused, slightly excited, and ready to let these talking birds show me what I misinterpreted – which they sure did while shaking their tail feathers to some infectious jungle beats.
- Matt Donato
How would Hollywood's biggest celebrities prepare for a night in the jungle? We asked Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, Kristin Chenoweth, Jemaine Clement, and more stars of Rio 2, the Amazon-themed sequel to the hugely popular Rio, what they would bring along for a tropical trip, and their answers may surprise you. Bonus: find out which handsome star thinks he would easily survive a day in the Amazon and what his funny costars think of his confidence. On Maria Mercedes: Forever 21 dress »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
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