Hop film bounces into box office

Animated movie Hop, about a music-loving teenage rabbit, jumped to the top of box office charts with $38m (£23.6m) in North American ticket sales, according to studio estimates yesterday. The movie, in which comedian Russell Brand voices a young rabbit who will one day become the Easter Bunny, easily outdistanced thriller Source Code, which collected $15m. Rounding out the top three was Insidious with $13.5m. All three movies were in their first weekends in theatres. "Hop" was released by Universal Pictures, part of the NBC Universal media company run by Comcast Corp. It was released in the UK on Friday.