Box Office: Dr. Suess Smashes Records

The Lorax and Project X are this week's winners.

Posted: 03/05/2012 04:51 AM EST
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He would have been 108 years old this year, but Dr. Suess can still capture the imaginations of young people everywhere. Dr. Suess' The Lorax, based on the 1971 book, earned an astounding $70.7 million at the box office this weekend, making it by far the number one film and also giving it the distinction of the best opening ever for an animated film that's not a sequel. Unsurprisingly, it was mostly parents and children under 12 that turned out in droves for the pic.

In a distant second place--but still exceeding expectations--Project X brought in $20.8 million. The found footage film, produced by The Hangover's Todd Phillips, had no stars but enjoyed great returns thanks to young male audiences.

Denzel Washington's Safe House and Tyler Perry's Good Deeds hung on to the top five (coming in fourth and fifth, respectively) but just barely. They may be able to hold on for one more weekend, facing light competition from Disney's high-tech creature feature John Carter, which opens on Friday.

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