21 Jump Street Rules The Box Office With $35 Million Debut

By Katey Rich 2012-03-18 18:05:22discussion comments
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From the moment critics started seeing it and admitting it was way, way funnier than they were expecting, 21 Jump Street seemed destined to be a hit. But even Sony might not have let themselves hope for quite this big a hit. According to the weekend numbers at Deadline, the R-rated comedy earned $35 million over the weekend, coming very close to making up its $45 million production budget. That doesn't quite make it the biggest opening R-rated film of the year-- that honor goes to Safe House-- but it's nothing to sneeze at, particularly with rave reviews and a B CinemaScore indicating it'll keep doing well down the line.

If it's not enough of a surprise to hear that 21 Jump Street did so well, how about this-- Will Ferrell's Casa de mi Padre, an absurdist comedy that's entirely in Spanish, did so well in limited release that it cracked the nationwide top 10, making $2.2 million from just 382 theaters. Given that the movie just cost $6 million to make, that's a really nice sum, especially for a movie so strange with such a seemingly limited appeal.

John Carter, be warned: it didn't get much better this weekend. The movie took what's usually the standard 55% drop between first and second weekends, making $13.5 million over the weekend to bring it to $53.1 million total domestic. It continues to get creamed by The Lorax, which added another $22.8 million to its gross this weekend, and is now at $158.4 millions domestic.

Let us know in the comments what you saw this weekend, and prepare for a box office bonanza next weekend-- The Hunger Games is imminent!

1.
21 Jump Street * $35,000,000 Total: $35,000,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,121
2.
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax $22,800,000 Total: $158,400,000 LW: 1     WR: 3    
THTRS: 3,769
3.
John Carter $13,515,000 Total: $53,172,000 LW: 2     WR: 2    
THTRS: 3,749
4.
Project X $4,005,000 Total: $48,131,000 LW: 3     WR: 3    
THTRS: 2,922
5.
A Thousand Words $3,750,000 Total: $12,103,000 LW: 6     WR: 2    
THTRS: 1,895
6.
Act of Valor $3,678,000 Total: $62,398,000 LW: 4     WR: 4    
THTRS: 2,765
7.
Safe House $2,800,000 Total: $120,200,000 LW: 7     WR: 6    
THTRS: 1,920
8.
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island $2,460,000 Total: $95,066,000 LW: 10     WR: 6    
THTRS: 1,935
9.
Casa De Mi Padre * $2,200,000 Total: $2,200,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 382
10.
This Means War $2,125,000 Total: $50,525,000 LW: 9     WR: 5    
THTRS: 1,660

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