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John Carter can’t win the weekend box office; proves to be the bomb we all expected

March 11, 2012 | Written By: Brad Sturdivant

Taylor Kitsch in JOHN CARTER

There’s a small part of me that almost feels bad for Disney’s $250 million debacle that is JOHN CARTER.  Before the film even hit theaters, analysts and naysayers were hailing it as the biggest bomb of 2012 (although I think that will belong to BATTLESHIP).  So the movie didn’t stand much of a chance at the box office, but I have to admit that even I thought it would do better than $26.5 million.  Unfortunately, it’s getting trashed by most critics, so word of mouth isn’t going to save it.  At this point, Disney has to hope it can make some money overseas and with Blu-ray sales.  The other two movies of the weekend didn’t do any better, with Eddie Murphy dropping another box office bomb with A THOUSAND WORDS and Elizabeth Olsen showing she’s not ready to handle her own film just yet with SILENT HOUSE.

Next week sees the release of 21 JUMP STREET, which I think will surprise everyone that sees it with just how funny it is.  We also get Will Ferrell in Spanish with CASA DE MI PADRE.  My money is on THE LORAX to win again, but with Jump Street to give it a run for its money.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $42.5m

2. John Carter $29m

3. Project X $11.5m

4. Act of Valor $7m

5. Silent House $7m

6. A Thousand Words $6.2m

7. Safe House $4.8m

8. The Vow $4m

9. This Means War $3.6m

10. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $3.6m

Source: Deadline

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

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