BOX OFFICE WATCH: JOHN CARTER Predictably Comes Second to Dr. Seuss' LORAX
Published: March 12, 2012 - 10:20am
After days of speculation and estimation, the final numbers are in for Walt Disney Pictures' live-action adventure film John Carter, which couldn't take the top spot away from Universal's The Lorax for the weekend of March 9-11, 2012.
#1 - The Lorax
Weekend: $39,100,000 - Weeks in Theaters: 2
Total: $121,950,000 - Budget: $70,000,000
Screens: 3,746 / Studio: Universal Pictures
Danny DeVito will lend his vocal talents to the iconic title character of the Lorax, while Ed Helms will voice the enigmatic Once-ler. Also bringing their talents to the film are global superstars Zac Efron as Ted, the idealistic young boy who searches for the Lorax, and Taylor Swift as Audrey, the girl of Ted's dreams. Rob Riggle will play financial king O'Hare, and beloved actress Betty White will portray Ted's wise Grammy Norma. Directed by Chris Renaud.
The 3D-CGI feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams.
To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
#2 - John Carter
Weekend: $30,603,000 - Weeks in Theaters: 1
Total: $30,603,000 - Budget: $250,000,000 (est.)
Screens: 3,749 / Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
John Carter is directed by Academy Award winner Andrew Stanton (Wall-E) and stars Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston, Thomas Hayden Church and Willem Defoe.
John Carter is based on a classic novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, whose highly imaginative adventures served as inspiration for many filmmakers, both past and present. The film tells the story of war-weary, former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch), who is inexplicably transported to Mars where he becomes reluctantly embroiled in a conflict of epic proportions amongst the inhabitants of the planet, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and the captivating Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins).
In a world on the brink of collapse, Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that the survival of Barsoom and its people rests in his hands.
#3 - Project X
Weekend: $11,550,000 - Weeks in Theaters: 2
Total: $40,125,000 - Budget: (undisclosed)
Screens: 3,055 / Studio: Warner Bros
Produced by comedy powerhouse Todd Phillips (Old School, The Hangover), Joel Silver and Nima Nourizadeh , Project X features a cast of relatively unknown actors including Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown and Miles Teller. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh, the film takes audiences through a hand held camera, first person perspective for it's entirety.
“Project X” is an out-of-control comedy that follows a group of buds who set out to throw the most epic 17th birthday party ever.
The film documents a high school party that gets completely out of control, shot from the perspective of the digital cameras that the kids have with them.