'Hop' skips and jumps to No. 1 at box offices

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Posted: Apr 03, 2011 12:40 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Animated movie "Hop," about a music-loving teenage rabbit, jumped to the top of box office office charts with $38 million in North American ticket sales, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

The movie, in which comedian Russell Brand voices a young rabbit who will one day become the Easter Bunny, easily outdistanced the No. 2 film, thriller "Source Code," which collected $15 million. Rounding out the top three was "Insidious" with $13.5 million. All three movies were in their first weekends in theaters.

"Hop" was released by Universal Pictures, which is part of the NBC Universal media company run by Comcast Corp.. "Source Code" was distributed by Summit Entertainment and "Insidious" by FilmDistrict, both of which are privately held.

(Reporting by Bob Tourtellotte; Editing by )