"21 Jump Street" vaults to top of North America box office

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"21 Jump Street" opened in the first place this weekend, garnering 35 million U.S. dollars in ticket receipts as was widely expected. Holdover "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" continued to cast a spell on moviegoers, as it finished in the second place during the box office derby.

"21 Jump Street" opened in the first place this weekend, garnering 35 million U.S. dollars in ticket receipts as was widely expected. Holdover "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" continued to cast a spell on moviegoers, as it finished in the second place during the box office derby.

An R-rated action comedy starring Jonah Hill ("Moneyball") and Channing Tatum ("The Vow"), "21 Jump Street" outpaced previous expectations with a solid per-location average of 11,214 dollars from 3,121 venues in the United States and Canada, performing better than expected to represent distributor Sony/Columbia's third number one debut of the year. It is also the second highest- grossing movie for Tatum in less than two months after "The Vow."

The film deals with a pair of underachieving cops who were sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring. It appeals mainly to young audiences. Fifty-three percent was male and a half was under 25 years old. Early reception from the moviegoers was very positive, with those who has seen it gave it a "B" CinemaScore.

Illumination Entertainment/Universal's computer animated blockbuster "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" still kept its appeal among audiences, taking in 22.8 million dollars to claim the second spot. It is on track for a 158.4 million dollar gross over 17 days in exhibition.

Disney's "John Carter" fetched 13.5 million dollars in receipts, crossing the 50 million dollar North America mark this weekend. The expensive sci-fi actioner, which took more than 250 million dollars to produce, is certain to go down as one of the biggest box office flops of the year.

Warner Bros.' low budget R-rated comedy "Project X" finished in fourth with 4 million dollars in sales this weekend. "A Thousand Words," Eddie Murphy's vehicle which was distributed by Paramount, was fifth with a 3.8 million dollar weekend.

Rounding out the top 10 most popular films of North America this weekend were "Act of Valor" (3.7 million dollars); "Safe House" (2.8 million dollars); "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" ( 2.5 million dollars); "This Means War" (2.1 million dollars), and "Silent House" (2 million dollars).

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