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March 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The debut of Sony’s R-rated 21 Jump Street actually performed better than the studio’s already outstanding estimates had indicated on Sunday. Final figures released on Monday disclosed that the movie starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum brought in $36.30 million over the weekend — $1.3 million more than the studio’s estimate. Veteran box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian observed that it set a record as the “biggest opening weekend for a non-summer, non-sequel R-rated comedy.” Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax continued to perform solidly in its third week, raking in $22.76 million for Universal and raising its domestic total to $158.39 million. But Disney’s John Carter failed to recover from its disastrous opening as it dropped 55 percent to $13.57 million. The film, which may have cost as much as $300 million to produce and market, has thus far earned just $53.23 million domestically. (On Monday, Disney said that it expects to take a $200-million loss on the movie.) An unexpected surprise was the ninth-place debut of Lionsgate’s telenovela spoof Casa de Mi Padre, starring Will Ferrell, which screened in just 382 theaters but earned $2.29 million. It reportedly cost $11 million to produce.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):

1. 21 Jump Street, Sony, $36,302,612, (New); 2. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Universal, $22,764,760, 3 Wks. ($158,387,775); 3. John Carter, Disney, $13,569,795, 2 Wks. ($53,227,248); 4. Project X, Warner Bros., $4,044,159, 3 Wks. ($48,170,005); 5. Act of Valor, Relativity Media, $3,733,697, 4 Wks. ($62,454,066); 6. A Thousand Words, Paramount, $3,632,932, 2 Wks. ($11,985,753); 7. Safe House, Universal, $2,716,795, 6 Wks. ($120,209,890); 8. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Warner Bros., $2,388,320, 6 Wks. ($94,994,006); 9. La Casa De Mi Padre, Lionsgate, $2,287,239, (New); 10. This Means War, 20th Century Fox, $2,141,760, 5 Wks. ($50,541,542).