The remake of 21 Jump Street has topped the U.S. box office charts in its opening weekend, demoting Dr. Seuss' The Lorax to second place after its fortnight run at the top. The comedy, which stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill enjoyed a rapturous premiere last week at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
The movie is a remake of the popular 1980s TV show starring Johnny Depp and tells the tale of two inept young police officers forced to work undercover as high school students in order to bust a drug dealing ring. According to BBC News, the movie took $35 million at the U.S. and Canadian box offices over the weekend (March 16 - 18, 2012). A spokesperson for Sony, who distributed the film, said that the movie had been remade specifically with a younger audience in mind. Rory Bruer said, "I just think you had to make it relevant, and action comedy was the way to go. And they did make it very relevant to a young audience." 21 Jump Street knocked Dr Seuss' The Lorax from the number one position on the box office chart. The family-friendly animated tale raked in an estimated $22.8 million and the sci-fi adventure John Carter was in third place, with $13.5 million.
Next weekend is expected to be a record-breaking few days for cinema-goers, with the release of the highly anticipated movie The Hunger Games. The first in a series of adaptations of Suzanne Collins' novels has already beaten the Twilight films in terms of pre-sales and industry insiders expect the movie to set new box office records on its release.