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21 JUMP STREET Arrests the Competition – Weekend Box Office Report (March 16 – 18, 2012)

A trend of successful movies last year was R-rated comedies.  The Hangover Part II, Bridesmaids, Horrible Bosses, and Bad Teacher all crossed the $100 million mark.  This year, the Todd Phillips-produced Project X has already grossed way over its budget, and a sequel has already been announced.  And with this weekend’s opening of 21 Jump Street, this year seems to be following a similar pattern.  The buddy cop comedy opened at #1 with an estimated $35.0 million, which is great considering its production budget was only $42 million.  This is also great news for stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, as they have more releases coming out later this year (Click here for my review of 21 Jump Street).

At #2 was the animated family film The Lorax, which took in another estimated $22.8 million, falling just 41.3% from last weekend’s second run at the #1 spot.  The film has grossed an estimated $158.4 million to date, and last week, it was reported that Universal and Illumination Entertainment, the same team behind The Lorax, is working on a CGI adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat.  Being that Cat is a better-known Seuss book than The Lorax, it’s sure to do wonders at the box office when it eventually releases (Click here for my review of The Lorax).

At #3 was the ever-plummeting John Carter, falling 55.2% from last week, taking in only an estimated $13.5 million, for an estimated total of $53.2 million.  Its production budget was $250 million, however worldwide it has made an estimated total $179.3 million.  Expect another huge drop next week, as the much-anticipated The Hunger Games opens, which has already sold out several showtimes, and is on track to perform incredibly well next weekend (Click here for my review of John Carter).

The #4 spot went to Project X, falling 61.1% from last week, but still doing well, considering its budget was only $12 million.  The teen comedy took in another estimated $4.0 million, and has accumulated an estimated total of $48.1 million.  At #5 was surprisingly the Eddie Murphy comedy A Thousand Words, which opened at #6 last week, and only fell 39.3%.  It’s still likely that it won’t make back its $40 million budget, but it didn’t perform as badly as some were expecting, as it took in another $3.8 million, for an estimated total of $12.1 million (Click here for my review of Project X).

Finally at #9 was the limited, Spanish-language film Casa de mi Padre, which opened in only 382 theaters, but took in an estimated $2.2 million.  It’s likely now that the Will Ferrell comedy could expand over the next few weeks, but there’s a chance a film entirely in English subtitles won’t play as well with a wider audience than the typical Will Ferrell comedy.

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

 

 

1. 21 Jump Street (Sony)

Estimated Weekend: $35.0 million

Estimated Total: $35.0 million

 

2. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (Universal)

Estimated Weekend: $22.8 million

Estimated Total: $158.4 million

 

3. John Carter (Buena Vista)

Estimated Weekend: $13.5 million

Estimated Total: $53.2 million

 

4. Project X (Warner Bros.)

Estimated Weekend: $4.0 million

Estimated Total: $48.1 million

 

5. A Thousand Words (Paramount/DreamWorks)

Estimated Weekend: $3.8 million

Estimated Total: $12.1 million

 

6. Act of Valor (Relativity)

Estimated Weekend: $3.7 million

Estimated Total: $62.4 million

 

7. Safe House (Universal)

Estimated Weekend: $2.8 million

Estimated Total: $120.2 million

 

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

Estimated Weekend: $2.5 million

Estimated Total: $95.1 million

 

9. Casa de mi Padre (Lionsgate)

Estimated Weekend: $2.2 million

Estimated Total: $2.2 million

 

10. This Means War (Fox)

Estimated Weekend: $2.1 million

Estimated Total: $50.5 million

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