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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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Box Office Results · March 04, 2012

Families were out in full force over the weekend to support that grouchy little tree-huggerThe Lorax’. The animated adaptation pulled in a record-breaking $70.7M, easily winning the top spot at the box office!! This marks the best opening for a Dr. Suess adaptation ever as well as the top opening of 2012, crushing the $41.2M debut ‘The Vow’ received only a few weeks ago. Take that, Channing Tatum!

Though, the teen party comedy ‘Project X’ didn’t shatter any records it did still make a pretty decent showing with $20.8M, debuting in the second position.

Also, hot off its Oscar success last weekend, ‘The Artist’ cracked the top ten over the weekend with $3.9M. This makes us happy!

Here is the estimated breakdown of the weekend totals:

TW LW Movie Title Weekend Gross Total Gross Week
1 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax $70,700,000 $70,700,000 1
2 Project X $20,775,000 $20,775,000 1
3 1 Act of Valor $13,700,000 $45,239,000 2
4 4 Safe House $7,200,000 $108,200,000 4
5 2 Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds $7,000,000 $25,745,000 2
6 3 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $6,925,000 $85,611,000 4
7 5 The Vow $6,100,000 $111,712,000 4
8 7 This Means War $5,625,000 $41,464,000 3
9 6 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance $4,700,000 $44,881,000 3
10 13 The Artist $3,900,000 $37,088,000 15

(via boxofficemojo.com)

[Image Credit: Universal Pictures]

New in Theatres · March 02, 2012

Two new major releases this weekend and WOW! are they on either end of the spectrum! In the one corner, we’ve got a family-friendly Dr. Suess classic. In the other corner we have a hybrid of two very popular genres – the R-rated teen disaster party and the found-footage shaky cam.

Both, in theory, should be a hit with their target audiences. But, the cinematic translations of many of Dr. Suess’ works have missed the mark lately. Remember ‘The Cat in The Hat‘!? Also, the raunchy shaky cam teen comedy ‘The Virginity Hit‘ also bombed after it failed to connect with moviegoers.
I guess we’ll see how this all turns out on Monday.

DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX

Directing: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Writing: Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul (screenplay), Dr. Seuss (book)
Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms

Price of Admission will get you: a bright and colourful animated look at the Dr. Suess classic. Complete with all the corporate product placement any cautionary children’s tale about the damaging effects of industrialized society could want.

Running Time · 86 min
Genre · Animation / Family / Fantasy
Rating · PG

PROJECT X
“The Party You’ve Only Dreamed About

Directing: Nima Nourizadeh
Writing: Matt Drake (screenplay), Michael Bacall (screenplay, story)
Starring: Thomas Mann, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Dax Flame

Price of Admission will get you: an insanely over-the-top teen party-disaster movie in the found footage style that proves to be a nothing but a cinematic testament to why society hates teenagers. We wish it were a re-release of the 1987 Matthew Broderick classic instead.

Running Time · 88 min
Genre · Comedy
Rating · R

(read the rest of this entry to find out what is out in limited release this weekend…)

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