The good news for Russell Brand is that his animated comedy "Hop" remains the top movie for the second straight weekend with $21.7 million.
The bad news is that his new live-action comedy, "Arthur," could not jump as high as "Hop."
The Warner Bros. remake of Dudley Moore's 1981 romance about a rich, drunken man-child finally learning to grow up, "Arthur" was a distant second with a modest debut of $12.6 million, The Associated Press reports.
"I'm so thrilled that we're so far ahead of the pack," said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution at Universal.
The poor results for "Your Highness" dimmed the mood at the studio, which had hoped more young males would turn out for the flick starring James Franco, Natalie Portman and Danny McBride in a blend of supernatural action and frat-boy raunchiness.
"It was a risky concept. It was a very outrageous movie," Rocco said. "I wish more of the male audience had turned out. We always want it better, but it's not a total disaster."