Dr. Seuss and animation continue to rule:
1. The Lorax (Universal) Week 2 [3,746 Theaters] Friday $9.8M (-44%), Est Weekend $40M, Cume $124M
2. John Carter (Disney) NEW [3,749 Theaters] Friday $9.6M, Est Weekend $26.5M
3. Project X (Warner Bros) Week 2 [3,055 Theaters] Est Friday $3.9M (-51%), Est Weekend $11.4M, Cume $40.1M
4. Silent House (Open Road) NEW [1,890 Theaters] Est Friday $2.6M, Est Weekend $6.5M
5. Act Of Valor (Relativity) Week 3 [2,951 Theaters] Est Friday $2.0M, Est Weekend $7.5M, Cume $56.2M
6. A Thousand Words (Paramount) NEW [2,124 Theaters] Est Friday $1.9M, Est Weekend $5.7M
7. Safe House (Universal) Week 5 [2,144 Theaters] Friday $1.3M, Weekend $5.0M, Cume $115.8M
8. The Vow (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 5 [2,478 Theaters] Friday $1.2M, Weekend $4.4M, Cume $118M
9. This Means War (Fox) Week 4 [1,848 Theaters] Friday $1.2M, Weekend $4.0M, Cume $47.1M
10. Journey 2 (Warner Bros) Week 5 [2,525 Theaters] Friday $850K, Weekend $4.7M, Cume $91M
And I would doubt that Disney will be making a sequel to the Edgar Rice Burroughs book. In the words of the Nikkster:
Friday’s box office numbers for director Andrew Stanton’s turkey came in even weaker than predicted. Now let’s see if word of mouth can help this box office flop which earned a ‘B+’ CinemaScore. ...
Apparently, audiences that go to see it like it passably well. But not enough in the way of audience is motoring to the neighborhood AMC to take it in.
Add On: John Carter performs (a bit) overseas. Here, not so much.
Andrew Stanton's 3D sci-fi epic John Carter hit $30.6 million in its North American debut thanks to an uptick on Saturday, while the film opened internationally to $70.6 million for a total $101.2 million.
Disney is under no illusions that it's out of the woods financially despite a slightly bettter-than-hoped for global performance. John Carter cost $250 million to produce plus a marketing spend that puts the total pricetag well north of $300 million and probably closer to $350 million. ...