After two weeks leading the box office, Universal Studios’ “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” was moved to second place by the live-action remake 21 Jump Street.
Dr. Seuss’ The Loraxcollected $22.8 million in its third weekend for a cumulative total of $158.4 million.
Featuring the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift, the animated film about the dangers of industrialized society opened at $70.2 million two weeks ago, setting a record for the animated film debut by a non-sequel. The movie made an additional $14.1 million in 16 international countries this past weekend.
So far, The Lorax has made $172.5 million worldwide.
Leading the box office, 21 Jump Street made $35 million in its first weekend, Exhibitor Relations said.
Scorned by critics, Disney’s partly animated John Carter sank to third place from second in its second week domestically. Based on books by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan), the movie made $13.5 million in North America — a fall of 55% from its debut the previous weekend. However, it made another $40.7 million abroad.
In total, John Carter has sold $53.2 million domestically and $179.3 million worldwide. However, that’s shaping up as a major loss, as the movie cost an estimated $250 million to make, along with tens of millions more to market.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at United States and Canadian theaters were released by Hollywood.com. Final domestic figures are slated for release Monday.