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'21 Jump Street' knocks 'The Lorax' out of No. 1 box office spot

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are seen in the 2012 film '21 Jump Street.' (SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC.)

March 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The big screen debut of the 1980s hit TV show, "21 Jump Street" starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill topped the box office this weekend, knocking "The Lorax" down one spot.

Tatum and Hill were the executive producers of the film, which earned an estimated $35 million in its opening weekend. The action comedy depicts Hill and Tatum as cops who pose as high school students to root out crooks peddling a psychedelic new drug at a Los Angeles school.

"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," finished in second place with nearly $23 million. Prior to the debut of "21 Jump Street," "The Lorax" held the No. 1 box office spot for two consecutive weeks. Disney's "John Carter" was third with $13.5 million, while "Project X" and the comedy, "A Thousand Words" with Eddie Murphy rounded out the top five.

The top films of the weekend were:

1. "21 Jump Street," $35 million ($7 million international).
2. "Dr. Seuss' the Lorax," $22.8 million ($11.6 million international).
3. "John Carter," $13.5 million ($40.7 million international).
4. "Project X," $4 million ($5.6 million international).
5. "A Thousand Words," $3.8 million.
6. "Act of Valor," $3.7 million.
7. "Safe House," $2.8 million ($3.5 million international).
8. "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," $2.5 million ($5 million international).
9. "Casa de mi Padre," $2.2 million.
10. "This Means War," $2.1 million ($9.2 million international).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.