So, let me take this moment to emphasize my feelings on "John Carter". It was a Goliath of a disappointment, structurally, emotionally, tonally, and intellectually speaking. It was sloppily edited, childishly written (even though it has three writers to its name), and directorially numb. And this is a film from the director of two of my favorite films of all time, "Finding Nemo" and "WALL-E". Andrew Stanton, please forgive me when I say try harder with your next film. It doesn't disappoint me that the film brought in only $30 million opening weekend, solidifying it as a failure to some degree, and ensuring that Andrew Stanton will not continue on this path.
In fact, I'm rather agreeable towards "The Lorax" now that it has had two strong weekends, because at least I have a positive concept of it in my head. I feel like it's not anything special, but it's not bad. Moving on, audiences ripped "Silent House" apart most likely due to the ending, and nobody even cared that Eddie Murphy had another film out. He just makes films to die nowadays. Overall, the weekend was 9% above last year, when "Battle: Los Angeles" and "Red Riding Hood" were the featured debuts, and only one of them did mildly well opening weekend. It went on to get $83.5 million, which is the most "John Carter" can really expect.
1. "The Lorax" (Second Weekend; $39.1 million; $122 MILLION TOTAL)
2. "John Carter" (First Weekend; $30.6 MILLION TOTAL)
3. "Project X" (Second Weekend; $11.6 million; $40 MILLION TOTAL)
4. "Silent House" (First Weekend; $7 MILLION TOTAL)
5. "Act of Valor" (Third Weekend; $7 million; $56 MILLION TOTAL)
6. "A Thousand Words" (First Weekend; $6.4 MILLION TOTAL)
7. "Safe House" (Fifth Weekend; $5 million; $116 MILLION TOTAL)
8. "The Vow" (Fifth Weekend; $4 million; $117 MILLION TOTAL)
9. "This Means War" (Fourth Weekend; $3.8 million; $47 MILLION TOTAL)
10. "Journey 2" (Fifth Weekend; $3.7 million; $91 MILLION TOTAL)