Audiences responded very well the adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax and showed up in droves. The film raked in over $70 million in the first three days of release. The film has been bashed a little for being a mess but I guess none of that matters. I’m sure the 3D charge helped push the finally tally up a bit. Still this opening is the best a Dr. Seuss movie has done. The team behind films like HOP and Despicable Me made this and I guess are slated to make a lot more films as they seem to just only hit home runs. At this pace The Lorax could be on of the biggest films of 2012.
Sadly landing in the second spot was the teen party film Project X. The R-rated “found footage” flick partied up about $20 million over the weekend. Sad to see people responding to this film like this when good comedies like Wanderlust are out and getting ignored. The film was rather cheap so it looks like this film will be a solid hit.
Fighting strong was the Navy Seals movie Act of Valor, the #1 movie last week feel to the third but brought in a solid $13.7 million. It has gathered almost $50 million in total which is pretty solid, not a block buster but pretty good for an R-rate action film. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island just keeps kicking it and added another $6 million, bringing its total to a little over $85 which is pretty impressive.
The Vow and Safe House are also still sticking around. Both films have broken the $100 million mark and are solid hits. A total bright spot for the studios that two none franchise films already breaking that mark is a good sign. With other films also doing really well 2012 looks like it could be a real good year for movies.
It should be noted that The Artist got a huge bump from its Oscar wins. It broke into the top ten even after being out for months. Making almost $4 million. Still that film should be getting seen by many more people. Wanderlust and Gone amazingly have already dropped out of the top ten.
Next week John Carter comes out… As a nerd I suggest everyone go see this film. I will say this because I’m biased. I hope it does well. I want sequels because that franchise is amazing.
Here is the list…
1. The Lorax $70.7 million
2. Project X $20.7 million
3. Act of Valor $13.7 million
4. Safe House $7.2 million
5. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds $7.1 million
6. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $6.9 million
7. The Vow $6.1 million
8. This Means War $5.6 million
9. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance $4.7 million
10. The Artist $3.9 million