The film opened on top with $35 million domestically and an additional $7 in the foreign markets.
According to Box Office Mojo, the marketing was ideal to establish the movie as a comedy with the likeable actors of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as two cops going undercover at a high school. And the film received an 87 percent fresh rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Lionsgate Filmsâ€™ â€œCasa De Mi Padreâ€ opened in ninth place with $2.2 million. It was an impressive debut due to the fact it opened only in 382 theaters, a fraction of theaters compared with major films on the market. It averaged $5,759 per theater.
The film starred Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna as mock-comedy of Spanish soap operas.
And Paramount Vantageâ€™s â€œJeff, Who Lives at Homeâ€ earned $840,000 for its opening weekend in 254 theaters. The film starred Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon in a movie about a slacker spends the day with his brother as he tracks down his possibly adulterous wife.
For the rest of the top five, â€œDr. Seussâ€™ The Loraxâ€ fell to second place with $22.8 million, a decrease of 41.3 percent from the previous weekend. The total gross is now over $158 million domestically in three weeks.
â€œJohn Carterâ€ dropped one place to third place with $13.5 million, a decrease of 55.2 percent from the previous weekend. The good news is that â€œJohn Carterâ€ move is showing good numbers overseas with a total of $126 million. The total worldwide gross is $179 million to this date. But, it still may be just short of breaking even for this $250 million budgeted movie.
It looks like the party is practically over for â€œProject X.â€ The film grossed $4 million to be in fourth place, but with a steep drop of $64.1 million from the previous weekend.
And in fifth place, â€œA Thousand Wordsâ€ earned $3.75 million, a decrease of $39.3 million from the previous weekend.
For next weekend, theater goers are expected to be back in theaters for the anticipated movie â€œThe Hunger Games.â€
Here is the WEEKEND BOX OFFICE REPORT for March 16-18, 2012:
|1.||21 Jump Street||$35 million|
|2.||Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax||$22.8 million|
|3.||John Carter||$13.5 million|
|4.||Project X||$4 million|
|5.||A Thousand Words||$3.75 million|
|6.||Act of Valor||$3.68 million|
|7.||Safe House||$2.8 million|
|8.||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island||$2.46 million|
|9.||Casa De Mi Padre||$2.2 million|
|10.||This Means War||$2.125 million|