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21 Jump Street dominates The Lorax at the weekend box office

March 18, 2012 | Written By: Brad Sturdivant

21 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum

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

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