'Lorax' is repeat winner at weekend box office

Mar 13, 2012 - 09:30
  • US actor Danny DeVito gestures during the photocall of directors Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda movie "Dr. Seuss The Lorax" in Madrid on March 8, 2012. AFP PHOTO

"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" topped the North American box office for a second straight week, earning $38.8 million over the weekend, industry data showed Monday.

The animated movie about the hazards of industrialized society, featuring the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift, set a record last week for the highest non-sequel animated film debut with $70.2 million.

Second place went to a critically-panned Disney newcomer "John Carter," based on books by "Tarzan" author Edgar Rice Burroughs. The film, about an ex-Civil War soldier magically transported to Mars, earned S30.2 million.

"Project X," a coarse comedy about a high school party that gets out of control, came in third place $11.1 million, according to the Exhibitor Relations film tracking company.

"Act of Valor," a war film starring active duty US Navy SEALs, was in fourth place with $7 million in receipts.

Horror film "Silent House" about a young woman trapped inside a eerie mansion was fifth with $6.7 million.

Sixth place went to the debut of an Eddie Murphy comedy, "A Thousand Words," which earned $6.2 million.

CIA-based thriller "Safe House," starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, was seventh with $4.8 million in weekend receipts.

Eighth place was won by romantic drama "The Vow" with $3.8 million in earnings.

"This Means War," a romantic action-comedy starring Reese Witherspoon, was in 9th spot with $3.8 million.

Rounding out the top 10 was "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," a family-friendly 3D adventure starring former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, which earned $3.6 million.

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