This weekend at the box office, despite the release of “Scream 4,” animated films dominated the box office. “Rio,” the new animated films about birds in Brazil with the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, came in at 40 million for the weekend easily topping “Scream 4’s” 19 million.

The previous number one film, “Hop,” came in at number three, still holding strong despite competition. Two of the top three films this weekend ended up being animated, showing that animated family films continue to be solid gold at the box office.

According to the box office receipt measuring website Box Office Mojo, half of the top ten animated films from the past year were animated. Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, Shrek Forever After, How to Train your Dragon, and Tangled all reached around the 200 million dollar mark. (Tangled is the only one that fell short, finishing at 199 million, which is still pretty close.)

With the lackluster offerings Hollywood usually rolls out these days, you would think movie studios would get smart and have the people behind the recent influx of quality animated films get their hands on more adult projects. Disney seems to be on the right track, consulting Pixar for Tron Legacy. Maybe in coming years other studios will follow suit.

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