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The movie hurls the cast into a fresh blood fest as bodies pile up in a manner mimicking events of the first movie.

An 11-year hiatus since “Scream 3” may have created a disconnect between the franchise and the typically young horror crowd. Just 54 percent of the audience was under 25, a segment that typically accounts for about 75 percent of horror fans, Lomis said.

Weinstein executives are hoping word of mouth among those younger viewers will bring in new fans and carry the movie along in the coming weeks. That’s what happened with the original “Scream,” which opened with just $6.4 million in 1996 but became a $100 million word-of-mouth hit.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Final figures will be released Monday.

1. “Rio,” $40 million.

2. “Scream 4,” $19.3 million.

3. “Hop,” $11.2 million.

4. “Soul Surfer,” $7.4 million.

5. “Hanna,” $7.3 million.

6. “Arthur,” $6.94 million.

7. “Insidious,” $6.9 million.

8. “Source Code,” $6.3 million.

9. “The Conspirator,” $3.92 million.

10. “Your Highness,” $3.9 million.


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