After the excitement of John Carter‘s epic box office flop, things got more or less back to normal over the weekend, with new release 21 Jump Street (weekend gross $35 million) taking the top spot and reigning champ Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (weekend gross $22.8 million, total gross $158.4 million) sliding to second place.
John Carter (weekend gross $13.5 million) came in at number three, its box office take dropping 55 percent from last weekend; so far, the sci-fi blockbuster that cost $250 million to make has earned a mere $53.1 million in domestic markets. Coming in at number four was Project X, whose weekend gross of $4 million brings its total so far to $48.1 million, or roughly four times its estimated $12 million budget. Rounding out the top five was A Thousand Words (weekend gross $3.7 million, total gross $12.1 million); though the Eddie Murphy-starring comedy managed to climb one spot since its debut last weekend, it still has a rather embarrassing 0% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s doubtful that anyone at DreamWorks is celebrating too much.
Among last weekend’s limited releases, the big winner was Will Ferrell’s Spanish-language telenovela-inspired comedy Casa de mi Padre, which earned $2.2 million in fewer than 400 theaters, for an average per-theater gross of $5,759. Also out in limited release were the Duplass brothers’ Jeff Who Lives at Home ($840,000), Seeking Justice ($260,000), The Kid with a Bike ($48,900) and Detachment ($11,050 in only two theaters).
In case you haven’t heard, next weekend sees The Hunger Games hit theaters in wide release; an adaptation of the first book in the über-popular teen trilogy of the same name, the film has already surpassed former record-holder The Twilight Saga: Eclipse in advance ticket sales and is expected to gross over $100 million in its opening weekend. For those not feeling the whole teenagers-forced-to-kill-each-other-by-a-repressive-dystopian-regime-thing, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, Musical Chairs, October Baby, The Raid: Redemption, The Trouble with Bliss and The Deep Blue Sea are all set to open in limited release. MM