(NEW YORK) — Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax chopped the box office competition down to size over the weekend, earning an estimated $70.7 million during what was the most successful debut of any film so far this year.
Once the final box office figures are released on Monday, The Lorax could also set a record for the best opening ever for a non-sequel animated film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Incredibles pulled in $70.5 million during its debut weekend in 2004.
The comedy Project X premiered in second place over the weekend, earning $20.8 million. Last week’s box office champ, Act of Valor, rounded out the top three, with $13.7 million.
On the heels of its best-picture win at the Oscars, The Artist climbed into the top 10, with $3.9 million.
Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:
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
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Frank Pallotta, CNN
Lisa Respers France, CNN
Noelle Baldwin, Deseret News