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Birds of 'Rio' perch at No. 1 box-office spot

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Anne Hathaway and Jake Eisenberg's talking birds have edged out Tyler Perry's sass-talking grandma at the weekend box office.

Hathaway and Eisenberg's animated family adventure "Rio" took in $26.8 million to remain the No. 1 movie for the second-straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

"Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family" debuted a close second with $25.8 million, another solid opening for writer-director Perry, who also stars as boisterous, opinionated grandma Madea.

Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson's circus romance, "Water for Elephants," premiered in third-place with $17.5 million.

"It's nice to have two movies in the top three," said Bert Livingston, distribution executive for 20th Century Fox, which released both "Rio" and "Water for Elephants."

The weekend's other new wide release, Disney's nature documentary "African Cats," opened at No. 6 with $6.4 million.

Morgan Spurlock's product-placement documentary "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" opened with fair but unremarkable business in limited release.

The latest from the maker of the hit documentary "Super Size Me" took in $135,139 in 18 theaters, averaging $7,508 a cinema. That compares with an $11,254 average in 2,288 theaters for "Madea's Big Happy Family," which had by far the best cinema average among the top-10 movies.

Hollywood scored its second-straight weekend of rising revenues, good news for studios that have been in a box-office slide since last fall.

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Senators say accord on deficit is critical

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Democratic chairman of the Senate Budget Committee says if members of a Senate deficit group fail to come to grips soon with the deficit problem, "we won't be relevant to this discussion."

But North Dakota's Kent Conrad declined, in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," to say specifically where the so-called "Gang of Six" Democrats and Republicans stands in discussions on various debt-reduction strategies.

Appearing on the same show Sunday, Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn said, "The country can't afford for us not to have an agreement."

Neither Conrad nor Coburn would get into specifics about the group's discussions.

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PlayStation Network turned off for updates

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sony Corp. said it is rebuilding its PlayStation Network to bring it back online after an "external intrusion" caused it to suspend the service.

The company said it turned off the service, which lets gamers connect in live play, so that it could strengthen its network infrastructure. Qriocity -- the company's online entertainment platform -- was also affected.

"Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security," the company said in a blog post Saturday. An e-mail message to the company seeking further details was not immediately returned.

The PlayStation Network and Qriocity had been turned off Wednesday evening so that the company could investigate an external intrusion. The company said the following day that it could take a "full day or two" to get the service back up and running.

The outage came just after Tuesday's release of the game "Mortal Kombat," which is available on the PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360.

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