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'21 Jump Street' leaps to No. 1 with $35M debut

March 18, 2012 • Business, Entertainment


In this film image released by Columbia Pictures, from left, Ice Cube, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are shown in a scene from “21 Jump Street.” (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures – Sony, Scott Garfield)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Audiences headed back to school for the TV update “21 Jump Street,” which opened as the No. 1 weekend movie with $35 million.

Sony’s action comedy starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as cops going undercover as high school students took down the animated hit “Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax,” which had been the top flick the previous two weekends.

Studio estimates Sunday put Universal’s “The Lorax” in second-place with $22.8 million, raising its domestic total to $158.4 million.

At No. 3, Disney’s costly sci-fi dud “John Carter” dropped sharply in its second weekend. The Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptation took in $13.5 million, down 55 percent from its anemic opening weekend and lifting its domestic total to a measly $53.2 million. “John Carter” reportedly cost $250 million to make.

While tanking in the United States, “John Carter” has done decent business overseas. It took in $40.7 million this weekend to push its international haul to $126.1 million and its Login to read more

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