LOS ANGELES Dr. Seuss The Lorax, the beloved authors nod to the environment, should grow a leading $45 million-plus at the domestic box office this weekend as the animated Universal release sprouts on 3,728 screens, including 269 IMAX locations.
Featuring the voices of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift, the PG-rated family film will follow in the footsteps of 2000s Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas, which opened with $55.1 million, 2003s Dr. Seuss The Cat in the Hat, which had a $38.3 million debut, and 2008s Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who!, with a $45 million opening weekend. The Lorax opens on the birthday of Dr. Seuss, who would have turned 108 this year.
Warner Bros. debuts its R-rated teen comedy Project X from producer Todd Phillips, director of the two Hangover films. A mid- to high-teens gross is likely for this mid- to high-teens gross-out comedy about a bunch of high-school kids who throw a massive birthday party in order to enhance their social status.
Relativity Medias Act of Valor, starring active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs, raided last weekends box office with a better-than-expected $24.7 million. The R-rated action film has been winning the midweek box office battle and should have a solid second-weekend gross in the $15 million range, with total domestic revenue near $50 million by Sunday night.
Tyler Perrys Good Deeds from Lionsgate will continue to benefit from Perrys loyal fan base and should earn around $10 million in its second weekend of release and approach $30 million by the end of the weekend.
Warner Bros. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, starring Dwayne The Rock Johnson, has been the family film of choice for the past three weeks and enters its fourth weekend with nearly $80 million in 3-D-powered bucks. But it may run into some resistance for a top-five slot in sub-$10 million territory from Denzel Washington in Universals R-rated Safe House, which should cross the $100 million mark by Sunday night.