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