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'The Lorax' earns $70.7M, snags best 2012 opening thus far

"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" debuted at No. 1 this weekend with $70.7 million, boasting the best debut of the year thus far. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

March 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" debuted in first place at the box office this weekend, earning a whopping $70.7 million and boasting the best debut of the year thus far.

The 3-D animated film from Universal Pictures is based on Seuss' cautionary fable about the importance of preserving the environment. It features the voices of Danny Devito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift.

"Project X" debuted in second place with $20.8 million. "Act of Valor" took the No. 3 spot with $13.7 million. "Safe House" came in fourth with $7.2 million and "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds" rounded out the top five, bringing in $7 million.

The top films of the weekend were:

1. "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," $70.7 million.
2. "Project X," $20.8 million.
3. "Act of Valor," $13.7 million.
4. "Safe House," $7.2 million.
5. "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds," $7 million.
6. "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," $6.9 million.
7. "The Vow," $6.1 million.
8. "This Means War," $5.6 million.
9. "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," $4.7 million.
10. "The Artist," $3.9 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.