Sony's 21 Jump Street grossed $4.04 million on Tuesday to continue to lead the daily box office with ease. The R-rated action comedy starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was up a healthy 12 percent over Monday and in the process topped the $40 million mark. 21 Jump Street continues to exceed expectations with a five-day start of $43.95 million and is set to surpass the $50 million mark on either Thursday or Friday. The film is in great shape to serve as this weekend's primary alternative for those not seeing Lionsgate's The Hunger Games.
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax held steady in second place with $1.62 million. Universal's blockbuster 3D computer animated film was also up 12 percent over Monday, but was down 59 percent from last Tuesday as midweek grosses for the film have clearly come back down to Earth from last week's Spring Break inflated midweek grosses. The 19-day total for The Lorax stands at $161.46 million, leaving it just $38.54 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.
Disney's John Carter grossed $1.22 million on Tuesday to remain in third. Like 21 Jump Street and The Lorax, John Carter also increased 12 percent over Monday. The expensive sci-fi action film was down 56 percent from last Tuesday. John Carter has grossed a disappointing $55.54 million through twelve days of release, as it continues to run 14 percent behind the pace of 2008's 10,000 B.C. (which didn't have the added benefit of higher priced 3D admissions).