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'21 Jump Street' cops seize box office gold

19 march 2012, 16:23
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A screenshot from '21 Jump Street' film
A screenshot from '21 Jump Street' film
The youthful policemen of 1980s remake "21 Jump Street" seized the head of the North American box office this weekend, according to preliminary industry figures, AFP reports.

The film with underachieving cops Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, sent on an undercover counternarcotics mission at a high school, pocketed $35 million in its first weekend, Exhibitor Relations said.

Last week's top earner, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," took in $22.8 million, for a $158.4 million total in three weeks in theaters.

The animated movie about the hazards of industrialized society, featuring the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift, set a record two weeks ago for the highest non-sequel animated film debut with $70.2 million.

Third place went to critically panned Disney feature "John Carter," based on books by "Tarzan" author Edgar Rice Burroughs. The film, about an ex-Civil War soldier magically transported to Mars, earned $13.5 million.

"Project X," a coarse comedy about a high school party that gets out of control, came in fourth place with $4 million.

In fifth came the Eddie Murphy comedy "A Thousand Words," which earned $3.8 million.

"Act of Valor," a war film starring active duty US Navy SEALs, was in sixth place with $3.7 million in receipts.

CIA-based thriller "Safe House," starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, kept its seventh spot with $2.8 million in weekend receipts.

In eighth was "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," a family-friendly 3D adventure starring former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, earning $2.5 million.

Will Ferrell's outlandish comedy "Casa de mi Padre," cashed in $2.2 million to land in ninth for its debut weekend.

Rounding out the top 10 was "This Means War," a romantic action-comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, with $2.1 million.

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