21 Jump Street dominates The Lorax at the weekend box office

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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