Universal will be celebrating today after The Lorax didn’t just beat expectations, it absolute annihilated them. Most had thought it was looking at a opening around the $30 million mark, but it ended up with a fantastic $70 million, which is one of the best starts ever for an animated movie. It’s also amongst the best March openings and the top first three days for a film based on a book by Dr. Seuss.
Project X didn’t do too badly either. With no big stars and a ‘found footage’ feel, many were uncertain whether the film would find an audience as there aren’t many films to directly compare it to, but it made a more than respectable $20 million.
They were the only two new entries, although The Artist did get a bit of a post-Oscars bump, re-entering that box office top 10. Overall it was the best weekend of the year so far, which will have Hollywood being cautiously optimistic after a rocky few months.
Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of March 2nd-4th.
|Rank||Title||Weekend Gross (millions)||Total Gross to date (millions)|
|1||Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax||$70.7||$70.7|
|3||Act Of Valor||$13.7||$45.2|
|5||Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds||$7.0||$25.7|
|6||Journey 2: The Mysterious Island||$6.9||$85.6|
|8||This Means War||$5.6||$41.4|
|9||Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance||$4.7||$44.8|