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Weekend Estimates: Huge Weekend for Lorax Keeps Box Office on Track

March 4th, 2012

Universal will be celebrating this weekend as their good year gets a whole lot better thanks to the estimated $70 million opening of The Lorax. While not a record for March (a mark held firmly by Alice in Wonderland with $116 million), that will be enough for either second or third on the all time March openers list, basically level with 300's debut in 2007. Given its $65 million - $70 million production budget, the film will be a huge boost for the studio's animation arm. It also means that this weekend will be about 25% ahead of the same weekend last year.

Second place for the weekend will be taken by Project X, which will post a very creditable $20 million or so. That will do nicely for a film that cost about $12 million to make, and shows that Chronicle wasn't a flash in the pan. Expect a lot more "found footage" films to show up in the next couple of years.

The rest of the chart had a familiar look to it. The Artist gets a bit of a boost from its multiple Oscar wins last weekend and will just make it into the top 10 with $3.9 million or so. A Separation will enjoy a bigger boost in percentage terms, topping $1 million for the weekend from 243 theaters.

Two limited releases have made impressive debuts this weekend: Boy will make about $23,000 from two theaters, while The Salt of Life is set for $21,000, also from two venues. Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie will be less impressive, but will still pick up $93,000 from 25 theaters, about in line with expectations.

- Weekend Estimates

Bruce Nash

Filed under: Weekend Box Office, Project X, Chronicle, Jodaeiye Nader az Simin, The Artist, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, Boy, Gianni e le donne