Susan Sarandon, Jeff, Who Lives at Home
At no. 2 on Friday, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax took in a spring-break-assisted $6.7 million (about $400,000 less than the "rough" estimates posted last night) according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The widely panned animated 3D feature should reach around $26-$28 million for the weekend.
Andrew Stanton’s $250m-budgeted sci-fier / actioner John Carter is expected to plummet 55 percent from last weekend, after grossing $4 million (-59 percent) on Friday and — according to early estimates — $13.6 million by Sunday evening. John Carter’s ten-day cume should be an underwhelming $53m. Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, and Willem Dafoe star.
Rounding out the top six movies at the North American box office on Friday were the widely panned teen flick Project X with $1.53 million, the just as widely panned Eddie Murphy comedy A Thousand Words with $1.15 million, and the equally widely panned flag-waving actioner Act of Valor with $1.12m.
At only 382 locations, Will Ferrell’s Lionsgate-distributed Spanish-language Casa de Mi Padre opened at no. 8, with a respectable — though hardly phenomenal — $760,000, or $1,990 per theater. For an English-language film, that would be a poor showing, but for a film with dialogue in a language other than English (and with mostly poor reviews to boot), then that performance is not bad at all as most audiences can’t read subtitles (or anything else, for that matter). Matt Piedmont directed Casa de Mi Padre, which also features Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Genesis Rodriguez, and Pedro Armendáriz Jr., who died last December.
The Paramount Vantage release Jeff, Who Lives at Home opened with a highly disappointing $264,000 at 254 locations, averaging only $1,039 per site. The well-received comedy about men who refuse to grow up (is there any other kind in current movie comedies?) was directed by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass, and features Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon, Rae Dawn Chong, and Linda Greer. Jeff, Who Lives at Home has a 78 percent approval rating among Rotten Tomatoes’ top critics.
Susan Sarandon / Jeff, Who Lives at Home photo: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle / Paramount Pictures.