'21 Jump Street' wins weekend box office with $35 million
Audiences were ready to laugh this weekend it seems as the film adaptation of the television series "21 Jump Street," scored big at the box office.
The film, starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, took the top spot and earned an estimated $35 million in its debut weekend at theaters, according to the Associated Press.
"21 Jump Street" is based on a 1980s cop series starring Johnny Depp and stars Tatum and Hill as rookie cops who are sent to a local high school to go undercover as students in order to take down a drug ring.
The film also stars Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Brie Larson and Ice Cube, who plays the police captain.
In second place was the animated film "Dr. Seuss' the Lorax," which was the box office winner for two weeks straight. The movie features the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Danny DeVito and earned $22.8 million in its third week at the box office. The total raises the film's domestic haul to $158.4 million.
The sci-fi action flick "John Carter," which stars former "Friday Night Lights" actor Taylor Kitsch, dropped to third place in its second weekend. The movie was an adaptation of a book by Edgar Rice Burroughs and earned $13.5 million over the weekend. Its domestic total currently stands at $53.2 million and the movie reportedly cost $250 million to make.
In fourth place is the found-footage style film "Project X." The movie tells the story of a blow out party thrown by a group of teenagers. It earned $4 million over the weekend and its three week domestic total to $48 million.
Finishing out the top five is the Eddie Murphy comedy "A Thousand Words," which earned $3.8 million at the box office in its second weekend of release.
Watch trailers for this weeks' releases of "21 Jump Street," "Casa de mi Padre," "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" and "Detachment" below.