As expected 21 Jump Street had no trouble taking the top spot with a strong opening. In 2nd The Lorax continued what has so far been a very good box office run, while John Carter crashed in its 2nd weekend, shattering any hope the movie ever had to reach the $100 million mark in North America. Overall it was a decent weekend but we seriously need more than just one wide opening a week. That need is starting to show in the chart.
With a $36.2 million weekend, 21 Jump Street took home the number 1 spot. This is the 4th highest opening we’ve had in 2012 so far. This buddy comedy is certainly looking at a healthy box office run in the coming weeks, one that should push it past the $100 million mark. Made on a $42 million budget, Sony is looking at a genuine hit right here so definitely look out for news of a sequel in the near future. Though, the way Sony love to beat around the bush (Zombieland 2 still has a huge question mark), we might not see a 21 Jump Street sequel anytime soon.
The Lorax made $22.7 million in its 3rd weekend for a total of $158.3 million after 17 days. That’s now more than Horton Hears a Who! ($154.5 million) as far as Dr. Seuss adaptations go but still very far from the current leader, How the Grinch Stole Christmas ($260 million). Also The Lorax is the 3rd consecutive (out of just as many films made) $100+ million grosser for animation studio Illumination Entertainment (something I forgot to mention last week).
In 3rd place we have a disappointing John Carter, down 55% to $13.5 million. Sadly, on a huge $250 million budget, John Carter is behind fellow box office dud Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time by $6.4 million already, at the same point in its run. That film came cheaper ($200 million) and is still considered a flop for the house of mouse. The prospect of a The Gods of Mars at this point is at an all time low and even that’s an overstatement. And yes, whether we like it or not, John Carter will lose a lot of money.
Project X took quite a hit courtesy of 21 Jump Street, now in 4th with $4 million, bringing its total to $48.1 million. This is the 3rd found footage hit we’ve had in 2012 in just 3 months.
Rounding out the top 5 was Act of Valor with $3.7 million for $62.4 million so far. I must say the box office legs on this flick are really impressive. Usually these types of military films don’t perform as well over time but Act of Valor proves to be the exception to the rule.
Somewhat of a surprise this past weekend was Casa De Mi Padre, the Will Ferrell telenovelas spoof, shot almost entirely in Spanish. That film made it into the top 10 (9th place) with $2.2 million from just 382 theaters.