Since it was the only flick opening wide on Friday, perhaps it's not surprising that 21 Jump Street won the weekend box office
Starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum,
the light-hearted take on the classic TV series nabbed the best debut
ever for a nonsequel, nonsummer R-rated comedy, as well as one of the
best bows on the books for an action-buddy comedy or a
Overseas, Jump Street rolled
out in 11 markets, grossing $7 million, including a standout $4.3
million in Australia, where it launched ahead of past R-rated comedies The Hangover, Tropic Thunder and Bad Teacher (also from Sony). In the U.K., it grossed $2.5 million.
Jump Street easily wrested the domestic weekend crown from Universal and Illumination's hit Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, which has ruled the domestic box office the past two weekends. Lorax
continued to do good business, coming in No. 2 with $22.8 million in
its third outing for a domestic cume of $158.4 million, by far the best
showing of 2012.