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‘Silent House,’ ‘John Carter,’ ‘A Thousand Words,’ Fail To Take Top Spot From ‘The Lorax’ At Box Office

Universal had another surprisingly successful weekend at the box office with “The Lorax.” The animated Dr. Seuss film had the biggest opening of 2012 last weekend and was able to maintain the top spot at the box office this weekend against new films like “Silent House,” “John Carter,” and “A Thousand Words.”

USA Today reports that “The Lorax” brought in a year’s best $70.2 million last weekend. Numbers dropped during its second week but it was still able to bring in $39.1 million during its second weekend in theaters.

The animated movie’s biggest competitor this weekend was Disney’s big budget sci-fi adventure movie “John Carter.”

But “John Carter,” which had a reported $250 million budget and opened in close to 4,000 theaters, was only able to bring in $30.6 million during its opening weekend in the United States. The movie did see better sales overseas, however. The Disney movie took in $70.6 million overseas for a $101.2 million worldwide opening. reports that the R-rated party film “Project X” had another better than expected weekend to take third place at the box office.

Elizabeth Olsen’s new movie, ‘Silent House,” met it’s modest expectations by taking $7 million during its opening weekend ahead of “Act of Valor.”

Eddie Murphy’s new movie, “A Thousand Words,” did what most critics expected and bombed at the box office. Murphy’s new movie finished in 6th for the weekend with a domestic gross of $6.35 million.

Here are the top five movies of the weekend.

1 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (PG) $39.1M Domestic

2 John Carter (PG13) $30.6M Domestic

3 Project X (R) $11.55M Domestic

4 Silent House (R) $7.0M Domestic

5 Act of Valor (R) $7.0M Domestic

Did you go to the movies this weekend?