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JOHN CARTER Can’t Defeat the Colossal LORAX – Weekend Box Office Report (March 9 – 11, 2012)

Well, many predicted it, many said it was doomed from the start, and this weekend’s domestic box office results prove that John Carter will not make back its $250 million production budget, at least here in the U.S.

Last weekend’s champ, The Lorax, came in at #1 again, raking in an estimated $39.1 million, falling just 44.3% from last weekend’s huge opening.  It makes sense that the film still doing well, as there are few movies out now that entire families would want to see together, not to mention that it’s being shown in 3D across the country (Click here for my review of The Lorax).

Speaking of 3D, the #2 spot did in fact go to Disney’s John Carter.  The sci-fi epic grossed an estimated $30.6 million over the weekend here in the U.S., however it grossed an estimated $70.6 million overseas, giving it an estimated $101.2 million so far.  There’s a good chance that the foreign box office could help Carter squeeze past its huge budget, but expect it to drop over the next few weeks, as a movie targeted at a similar audience, The Hunger Games, opens in two weeks, and has already sold out hundreds of opening weekend showtimes already (Click here for my review of John Carter).

The #3 spot went to the R-rated teen comedy Project X, grossing another estimated $11.6 million, falling about 45.1% from last weekend’s opening.  The Todd Phillips-produced movie has grossed an estimated $40.1 million so far, and this past week a sequel was announced (Click here or my review of Project X).

At #4 was the Open Road Films release Silent House, with an estimated $7.0 million.  This isn’t remarkable, but the horror flick marks the third release from Open Road Films, continuing their streak of releases cracking the top 5 (last January’s The Grey opened at #1, last September’s Killer Elite opened at #5).

Relativity’s war film Act of Valor came in at #5, with another estimated $7.0 million, giving it a current estimated total of $56.1 million.  And Paramount’s new Eddie Murphy comedy A Thousand Words came in at #6, grossing a measly $6.4 million.  The PG-13 movie was shot in 2008, and was shelved for several years due to the merging of DreamWorks and Paramount.  It had a production budget of $40 million, and it’s likely that it won’t even make half of that back.

Check out the full domestic weekend top 10 below.  All estimated numbers and information for this report are from Box Office Mojo and the Los Angeles Times.

 

 

1. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Universal)

Estimated Weekend: $39.1 million

Estimated Total: $122.0 million

 

2. John Carter (Buena Vista)

Estimated Weekend: $30.6 million

Estimated Total: $30.6 million

 

3. Project X (Warner Bros.)

Estimated Weekend: $11.6 million

Estimated Total: $40.1 million

 

4. Silent House (Open Road Films)

Estimated Weekend: $7.0 million

Estimated Total: $7.0 million

 

5. Act of Valor (Relativity)

Estimated Weekend: $7.0 million

Estimated Total: $56.1 million

 

6. A Thousand Words (Paramount/DreamWorks)

Estimated Weekend: $6.4 million

Estimated Total: $6.4 million

 

7. Safe House (Universal)

Estimated Weekend: $5.0 million

Estimated Total: $115.8 million

 

8. The Vow (Sony/Screen Gems)

Estimated Weekend: $4.0 million

Estimated Total: $117.6 million

 

9. This Means War (Fox)

Estimated Weekend: $3.8 million

Estimated Total: $47.0 million

 

10. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (Warner Bros.)

Estimated Weekend: $3.7 million

Estimated Total: $90.7 million

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