Los Angeles: The much awaited iconic ghost face killer 'Scream 4' failed to bag the top notch position in the weekend box-office and was beaten by 'Rio' a 3D film about two parrots on the run from poachers has beaten 'Scream 4'.

While 'Rio' grossed a solid USD 40 million, according to an estimate from distributor 20th Century Fox, 'Scream 4' collected USD 19.3 million.

'Rio' starring the voices of Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg had the biggest opening weekend of any film in the US so far this year.

The film which costs about USD 90 million to produce had already collected USD 75 million heading into the weekend.  

The fourth sequel of 'Scream' which reunites the original cast members Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox and David Arquette, was made on a budget of USD 40 million.

But its debut fell far short of the most recent installments of the horror series. In 1997 'Scream 2' opened to USD 32.9 million, while 2000's 'Scream 3' started off with USD 34.7 million.

It has been 11 years since the last time the iconic ghostface killer was on the big screen.

(Agencies)