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John Carter Not Nearly Big Enough For Disney

By John Hamann

March 11, 2012

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Sixth is Eddie Murphy's A Thousand Words, a film that has been on the shelf so long, it is literally dusty. A Thousand Words didn't do so well, earning only $6.4 million from an almost laughable 1,980 venues. Made in 2008 (!), the comedy was held until a few weekends after Murphy was supposed to host the Oscars. Ironically, it is 0% fresh so far at RottenTomatoes, and hopefully it will stay that way. A Thousand Words cost Paramount $40 million to make, and this one will struggle to make $15 million.

Safe House is seventh, as it spends its fifth weekend in the top ten. Safe House earned another $4.9 million and dropped 33% compared to last weekend. Now at $115.8 million, Safe House has become Denzel Washington's second biggest picture of his career, behind only American Gangster ($130 million).

Eighth is The Vow, the romantic drama featuring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. It fell 33% this frame, meaning that it had a weekend total of $4 million. Its overall total is $117.6, and has been an incredibly profitable venture for Screen Gems.


This Means War, the Reese Witherspoon miss from Fox, finishes in ninth. The $65 million production earned $3.8 million in its fourth weekend, falling 33% compared to the previous frame. While not a disaster, This Means War had more going for it than its gross so far of $46.9 million would indicate.

Tenth is Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. The sequel starring The Rock earned another $3.7 million and was off 44% compared to the previous frame. The $80 million Warner Bros. release has now earned $90.7 million stateside, and another $185 million overseas.

Overall, the box office was way down versus last weekend, but on ahead of last year. A year ago, the top 12 films were led by Battle: Los Angeles, which opened to $35.6 million, and combined with the other top 12 for a gross of $117.6 million. This year, the top 12 combined for $123.3 million in ticket sales. Next weekend will likely see this weekend's openers go soft, so the field will be wide open for Sony's version of 21 Jump Street, which has earned some surprisingly good reviews so far.

Top Weekend Box Office for 3/9/12-3/11/12 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Dr. Seuss' the Lorax Universal $39,108,240 - 44% $121,987,070
2 John Carter WALT DISNEY $30,603,000 New $30,603,000
3 Project X Warner Bros. Pictures $11,550,000 - 45% $40,125,000
4 Silent House Open Road $7,010,024 New $7,010,024
5 Act of Valor Relativity $7,000,000 - 48% $56,100,597
6 A Thousand Words Paramount Pictures $6,350,000 New $6,350,000
7 Safe House Universal $4,952,640 - 33% $115,756,455
8 The Vow SONY $4,000,000 - 33% $117,614,000
9 This Means War 20th Century Fox $3,750,000 - 33% $46,889,350
10 Journey 2: the Mysterious Island WARNER BROS. $3,685,000 - 44% $90,716,000
11 Good Deeds Lionsgate $3,000,000 - 57% $30,542,449
12 The Artist The Weinstein Company $2,304,000 - 36% $40,459,023
  Also Opening/Notables
  Salmon Fishing In t He Yemen Cbs Films $240,000 New $240,000
  Footnote Sony Classics $48,076 New $48,076
  Jiro Dreams of Sushi Magnolia $40,000 New $40,000
  Being Flynn Focus Features $42,662 - 3% $101,077
  Boy Paladin $18,850 - 11% $45,393
  The Salt of Life Zeitgeist $36,000 + 88% $63,056
  Wanderlust Universal Pictures $1,726,300 - 55% $115,756,455
  Gone Summit Entertainment $906,000 - 70% $10,737,282
  Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance SONY $1,965,000 - 58% $48,065,000
  We Need to Talk About Kevin Oscilloscope $157,290 + 19% $1,036,156
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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