- Associated Press - Monday, March 5, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The environmental fable “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” grew mightily during its opening weekend, taking in $70.2 million for the biggest debut of the year by far, according to final studio figures Monday. The 3-D animated comedy from Universal Pictures is based on the beloved children’s book and features the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” Universal, $70,217,070, 3729 locations, $18,830 average, $70,217,070, one week.

2. “Project X,” Warner Bros., $21,051,363, 3055 locations, $6,891 average, $21,051,363, one week.

3. “Act of Valor,” Relativity Media, $13,572,578, 3053 locations, $4,446 average, $45,111,924, two weeks.

4. “Safe House,” Universal, $7,390,935, 2553 locations, $2,895 average, $108,355,425, four weeks.

5. “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds,” Lionsgate, $7,047,061, 2132 locations, $3,305 average, $25,791,693, two weeks.

6. “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” Warner Bros., $6,547,374, 3060 locations, $2,140, $85,233,873, four weeks.

7. “The Vow,” Sony/Screen Gems, $6,011,147, 2826 locations, $111,623,496, four weeks.

8. “This Means War,” Fox, $5,561,323, 2342 locations, $2,375, $41,399,962, three weeks.

9. “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” Sony/Columbia, $4,645,637, 2487 locations, $1,868 average, $44,826,376, three weeks.

10. “Wanderlust,” Universal, $3,843,840, 2002 locations, $1,920 average, $12,484,655, two weeks.

11. “The Artist,” Weinstein Co., $3,625,571, 1756 locations, $2,065 average, $36,813,989, 15 weeks.

12. “Gone,” Summit, $3,001,862, 2186 locations, $1,373 average, $8,949,839, two weeks.

13. “Chronicle,” Fox, $1,931,431, 1054 locations, $1,832, $60,846,697, five weeks.

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