BOX OFFICE REPORT: Animators Rule US Box Office

21 Jump Street

In a rare trifecta, animation artists ruled the top three spots at the box office this weekend. The number one spot, with an estimated $35 million, belonged to the TV adaptation of 21 Jump Street. It heralded the live-action feature directing debut of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who were the co-creators of MTV/Teletoon’s Clone High and the directors of Sony’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Second place went to Illumination Entetainment’s The Lorax which earned an estimated $22.8M in its third weekend, pushing its total to a robust $158.4M. Rounding out the top three was Andrew Stanton’s John Carter, which dropped 55% from its first weekend to an estimated $13.5M. The Disney film’s two-week total stands at $53.2M and is headed to a final domestic tally of $90-100M. More box office numbers can be found at Box Office Mojo.


  • tedzey

    I’m probably going to get hate for this, but I think we should be referring to Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Andrew Stanton as “film-makers” first; rather than primarily as animation artists. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve worked on animated films; however as far as “21 Jumpstreet” and “John Carter” go, you don’t expect to see “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” or “Wall-e.”

    • Larry

      Tedzey–

      Yes, of course they’re all filmmakers. But Lord, Miller, and Stanton all studied animation in school and came up in that world. Miller won a Student Academy Award for his animated short. They started at Disney doing Saturday Morning cartoons before branching off to Clone High and sitcoms. And Stanton, we all know his route through Pixar. It’s great to see breakout stars come from our seedy underbelly of the industry.

    • Jon H

      Well sure, but I’d say everyone making animation should go as film-makers first. The problem is for too long people have acted like people making animation are doing something lesser or completely alien when from the beginning animators have been film-makers.\

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Tigercat919?feature=mhee Michael F.

    Nice to see Lord and Miller sticking together. I was incredibly suspicious about 21 Jump Street but after reading a little more about it this definitely sounds like something to check out.

  • http://elblogderg.blogspot.com Roberto

    I would be even more happy if the top three were animated films, but I’m happy for Miller and Lord. Those guys really have a talent for comedy, everything they do is super-hilarious.

  • Tackle Box

    Power to the people (who like to draw)!

  • wever

    Well… calling 21 Jump Street one of the ” top animated films in the box office” simply because it’s directed by two directors previously known for animation is stretching it.

    • The Gee

      Who’s calling it that?

      What am I missing here?

      • Larry

        WeLl, there is a beautifully animated melting ice cream face in Jump Street…

    • Justin

      That’s not what Amid said. He said, “animation artists ruled the top three spots at the box office this weekend.”

  • Gobo

    I saw The Lorax last night and can’t imagine who it appeals to. Its environmental message is buried in crazy manic arm-waving and lots of screaming and car chases. I saw it in a theatre full of kids, who didn’t laugh once; the only laughter I heard was during the Despicable Me 2 trailer, which had the kids rolling. Must be slim pickings for kids’ movies right now if that thing’s making money.

    John Carter deserves to be seen. It’s a nice piece of work and Andrew Stanton should be proud.

    • Roberto

      I partially agree with your commentary on The Lorax, but I can see how it may appeal to families with kids.

      On one hand it’s full of cheap, unnecessary jokes, some of them rather corny, that seems to be the thing these days cause everybody has ADD.

      On the other hand, even if it does a lot of the small things wrong, it kind of does the main things right: the Lorax character and the moral of the story are pretty close to the original. I mean, the main kid’s mom dances to disco music and stuff like that but the Lorax himself is as charismatic as ever and doesn’t make any pop-culture jokes except for that little Mission Impossible part. Also Danny DeVito does a fine work with his voice.

      So it’s kind of a mixed bag that isn’t great for anybody but it’s kind of safe/not offensive for everyone. And anyway, it’s the best modern/feature Seuss’ adaptation yet, not so much for its own merits but more because The Grinch and The Cat In The Hat were awful and Horton Hears A Who had some amusing gags but zero interest on developing the characters and explaining the story or its message.

  • John A

    Somewhere in Animator’s heaven, Frank Tashlin is smiling proudly.

  • me

    It is a bit of a stretch to put 21 Jump Street and JC on the Animation list, but I do find it interesting that these fantastic and successful animation directors have chosen to do live action. Is it something about the process of making animated features that have pushed them away? I don’t have an answer, I do find it an interesting question.