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Box Office Results · March 11, 2012

Well, after the dust settled ‘The Lorax’ is still your Box Office champion. That orange little environmentalist totally defeated ‘John Carter’ and has also gone on to become the most profitable movie so far of 2012! Earning almost $122 million in only 10 days! At least it’s no longer ‘The Vow’.

Disney’s wildly expensive ‘John Carter’ pulled in just a little over what experts were predicting, but still had a disappointing opening. The sci-fi flick debuted in the number two spot with just over $30.6M. It’s sad that the movie based on books that influenced so many sci-fi classics (Star Wars, Avatar) just ended up looking like a rip-off of those earlier films.

Eddie Murphy continues to be box office poison with his recent flick earning only $6.4M and a spot just out of the Top Five. Apparently ‘A Thousand Words’ is so unspeakably bad it has joined the few movies with the rare 0% rating on RottenTomatoes.com.

Not to be outdone on the ole “crap-o-meter”, the horror movie ‘Silent House’ managed to accomplish the rare  “F” CinemaScore rating! Making it the second found-footage horror movie to gain that honour this year; the first being ‘The Devil Inside’. ‘Silent House’ also scared up $7.0M and a debut in the fourth spot.

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW LW Movie Title Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 1 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $39,100,000 $121,950,000 2
2 John Carter $30,603,000 $30,603,000 1
3 2 Project X $11,550,000 $40,125,000 2
4 Silent House $7,010,000 $7,010,000 1
5 3 Act of Valor $7,000,000 $56,100,597 3
6 A Thousand Words $6,350,000 $6,350,000 1
7 4 Safe House $5,000,000 $115,800,000 5
8 7 The Vow $4,000,000 $117,614,000 5
9 8 This Means War $3,750,000 $46,889,000 4
10 6 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $3,685,000 $90,716,000 5

 (via boxofficemojo.com)

[Image Credit: Universal Pictures]

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New in Theatres · March 09, 2012

This weekend John Carter will take on the mighty Lorax! We don’t think he will defeat the grouchy little guy either. Though, John Carter of Earth will certainly destroy Eddie Murphy’s latest laugh-free “comedy” ‘A Thousand Words‘.

There are also a couple romantic comedies out there as well. And lucky for all of us, both ‘Friends with Kids’ and ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ have just delightful casts!
So, have fun at the theatres this week!

JOHN CARTER
Lost in Our World. Found in Another.

Directing: Andrew Stanton
Writing: Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews, Michael Chabon (screenplay), Edgar Rice Burroughs (story “A Princess of Mars”)
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Samantha Morton

Price of Admission will get you: a movie adaptation of the sci-fi classic that looks like a mashup of all the worst parts from ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Avatar’.

Running Time · 132 min
Genre · Action / Adventure / Fantasy / Sci-Fi
Rating · PG-13

SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN

Directing: Lasse Hallström
Writing: Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Paul Torday (novel)
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked, Kristin Scott Thomas

Price of Admission will get you: a cute little romantic comedy with a charming couple and a truly terrible title.

Running Time · 111 min
Genre · Comedy / Drama / Romance
Rating · PG-13

FRIENDS WITH KIDS
Love. Happiness. Kids. Pick two.

Directing: Jennifer Westfeldt
Writing: Jennifer Westfeldt
Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig, John Hamm, Chris O’Dowd

Price of Admission will get you: a smart, fresh and contemporary romantic comedy with many of the key players from the phenomenally successful ‘Bridesmaids’.

Running Time · 107 min
Genre · Comedy
Rating · R

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