21 Jump Street dominates The Lorax at the weekend box office
Defying all odds and expectations, 21 JUMP STREET managed to haul in over $35 million at the weekend box office, making it the number one movie in America. The pet project from Jonah Hill got great early buzz from a slew of trailers, but most of us were curious to see how America would react to the R-rated comedy. The original 21 JUMP STREET TV show wasn’t exactly a humongous success, lasting only four years and later becoming more famous for Johnny Depp leaving than for being a decent show. Truth be told, the show wasn’t very good as a drama, but it made for an excellent comedy as a feature length film. Our own 21 JUMP STREET review is glowingly positive and rightfully so; the film is a blast.
21 JUMP STREET managed to dethrone DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX at the weekend box office, ending its run, but hardly beating it into submission. What can only be described as a lackluster kids’ movie has turned into a success, only because it has nothing competing with it. And no mention of the weekend box office would be complete without mentioning JOHN CARTER, which only managed a measly $13 million in its second weekend. It’s not often that a small, R-rated comedy like 21 JUMP STREET crushes a major blockbuster, but I guess at this point, JOHN CARTER isn’t really a blockbuster.
Unfortunately for 21 JUMP STREET, next week sees the release of a little movie called THE HUNGER GAMES, which is set to break all sorts of box office records. With all the hype and hoopla surrounding this film, anything less than $100 million is going to be considered a disappointment. Note: box office numbers will be updated as they become final. (Deadline)
1. 21 Jump Street $34m
2. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $21m
3. John Carter $13.2m
4. Project X $3.9m
5. A Thousand Words $3.6m
6. Act of Valor $3.4m
7. Safe House $2.4m
8. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $2.3m
9. The Vow $2m
10. Silent House $2m
11. Casa De Mi Padre $1.9m