Box Office: "21 Jump Street" Leaps Atop "The Lorax"

Posted Sunday March 18, 2012 12:03 PM GMT

Finding itself welcomed by theatergoers with open arms, "21 Jump Street" has opened up in the top spot at the box office over the St. Patrick's Day weekend of March 16-18, 2012.

The reboot of the classic TV series stars the comedic duo of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the leads, with the Phil Lord and Chris Miller directed effort garnering $13 million on opening day and another $13 on Saturday while en route to a debut weekend take of $35 million.

Getting knocked from it's top-placing perch is the animated Dr. Seuss tale "The Lorax," as the Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Betty White and Ed Helms voiced film pulled in $6.8 million on Friday and $8.7 million on Saturday while predicted to wind up with a third weekend total of $22.8 million.

Rounding out the top five at the box office in estimated totals are the Taylor Kitsch starring Disney disappointment "John Carter" ($13.5 million), followed by the teen party caper "Project X" ($4 million) and the Eddie Murphy comedy "A Thousand Words" ($3.7 million).