‘21 Jump Street’ has stellar opening weekend with $35 million, ‘The Lorax’ passes $150 million

By Daniel S Levine,

It took the R-rated comedy 21 Jump Street with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum to knock Universal’s Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax out of the top spot at the box office. The comedy, which is loosely based off the hit late-1980s television show, had a stellar opening weekend with $35 million. However, The Lorax still had a decent weekend, passing the $150 million mark overall at the domestic box office.

Entertainment Weekly reports that what made 21 Jump Street’s success so noteworthy is that it opened out of the summer season. So, while it made about as much as other hit raunchy comedies on their opening weekend, like Bad Teacher, Superbad or Wedding Crashers, those films opened during the summer. For 21 Jump Street to get over $30 million while opening in mid-March is actually quite a feat.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jump Street also has a chance to be a hit in the long run, with audiences giving it a B CinemaScore grade. The film also scored a diverse audience, with 53 percent being male and 47 percent being female. It also only cost MGM and Sony $42 million to make.

While The Lorax did finally slide to second place, the film still had a decent $22.8 million. The animated film is now up to an impressive $158.4 million.

Disney’s John Carter continued its disappointing run, making just $13.5 million in its second weekend. The $250 million film has now made just $53.2 million in the US.

Project X added $3 million, while Eddie Murphy’s A Thousand Words made $3.8 million. Act of Valor was not far behind with $3.7 million and Safe House continues to stay in the mix with $2.8 million. Journey 2 is also still drawing crowds, pulling in another $2.5 million.

Deadline notes that one of the surprises of the weekend was the success of Will Ferrell’s Spanish comedy, Casa de Mi Padre. The film only showed in 380 theaters, but managed to make $2.2 million.

This Means War finished in tenth place with $2.1 million.

image courtesy Sony Pictures

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