Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: March 18th, 2012

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21 Jump Street tops the box office Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: March 18th, 2012

The big screen adaptation of the Johnny Depp-starring 80s television show 21 Jump Street topped the box office chart, grossing an impressive $35 million. The Channing Tatum/Jonah Hill action comedy has had strong review (read ours) and it should have a shot at hitting the $100 million mark.

TV to movie adaptations are often a mixed bag, and for every hit (Mission: Impossible) there are a slew of misses (Sgt. Biko, Car 54, Where Are You?,  and McHale’s Navy). Tatum is having a strong couple of months at the box office, with both 21 Jump Street and The Vow scoring big. He also has the action sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Steven Soderbergh’s stripper drama Magic Mike on the way in June.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax scored an additional $22.8 million, a number which upped the animated tale’s cume to a powerful $158 million.

Disney’s disastrous John Carter plummeted over 50%, grossing just $13.5 million over the weekend. The pricey adventure has grossed just $53.1 million since its release last weekend – not a good number given the films $250 million production cost. Some solace can be taken in the relatively strong international numbers ($126 million), but it’s going to take a while for the Mars based film to get out of the red. Fans who want a sequel are going to have to go and see the movie again… and again… and again…

Project X grossed $4 million over the weekend. That gives the $12 million comedy a $48 million total.

Eddie Murphy’s A Thousand Words held up surprisingly well, dipping a little over 39% following last weekend’s poor debut. The family comedy banked $3.7 million for a $12.1 million total.

Action film Act of Valor brought in $3.6 million, upping its gross to just over $62 million. That’s a good number for the film which cost just $12 million to produce.

Denzel Washington hit Safe House grossed $2.8 million, bringing the action film’s total to a smidgen over $120 million. The film is now the second highest grossing in the Oscar winner’s career, behind American Gangster’s $130 million domestic take.

Family adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island upped its take to $95 million after grossing an additional $2.3 million. The film has now amassed $300 million worldwide, besting the $241 million take of the Brendan Fraser starring original.

Will Ferrell’s artsy comedy Casa De Mi Padre (read our review) debuted in ninth place. The $6 million Spanish language film grossed $2.2  million from a mere 382 locations. Kerching.

This Means War brought in $2.1 million, which gives the romantic comedy a so-so $50 million total haul.

One Channing Tatum arrived in the top ten and another one dropped out. The Vow grossed $2.1 million, upping the romantic drama’s total gross to $121 million, while horror Silent House dropped almost 70% from last weekend’s launch. A $2 million weekend take sees the $1 million film up its gross to $10 million.

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. Curse you A Thousand Words. You blocked my bid for a perfect score in the box office battle.

  2. Damn, I thought John Carter would easily have reached the $100mil mark in the US by now.
    I was really hoping for a sequel… guess I’ll have to go watch it again :P

    • Yeah, I totally agree. Saw this movie at the midnight showing, and have been trying to get the word around that it’s a good watch. Might have to go again this weekend! I want a JOHN CARTER 2!

      • Same here. John Carter deserves better. Not a bad film at all.

      • To be honest though, it wasn’t that great either. It wasn’t bad at all, I agree and it should see more revenue, what it was far from the inspired genrepiece they made it out to be.

        Brief Gold

        • @Lea – I’m in agreement. I wrote a semi-review on my blog that said:
          “I expected a lot out of this movie since I’ve been told that Edgar Rice Burroughs created the template of modern science fiction around a hundred years ago. I wasn’t disappointed, and I wasn’t thoroughly impressed either. But I can honestly say that I was entertained for a couple hours, and isn’t that the point of going to the movies?”

          Still, I’d like the movie to do better financially to warrant a sequel. I can’t believe that 21 Jump Street made 35 million. I’m not bashing the movie, because I haven’t seen it…I just think that figure seems extremely high for a TV remake comedy released in March.

    • Next weekend is John Carter again, nothing interesting until Wrath of the Titans.

  3. What do you expect JC to do when the online website reviews are cursing the movie months before it even came out.

    It’s become another one of those films that the “review nerds” think it is “Cool” to trash.

    • “It’s become another one of those films that the “review nerds” think it is “Cool” to trash.”

      This is becoming an all to familiar problem. It’s like politics when the media calls a race because the eastern states have voted. The announce their “projected” winner and everyone in the mid-west and western part of the US either stay home or vote for the presumed winner.

  4. Finally saw John Carter, good film! :)

    • Spread the word!
      Apparently it needs all the support it can get :P

  5. I’ll be seeing it Thursday.

  6. i really want to see john carter. the problem is getting to a theater without a car…

    • Bus, train, taxi?