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Lorax trumps John Carter in US

Dr Seuss' The Lorax has easily beaten Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter at the weekend US box office.

Studio estimates put Universal Pictures' The Lorax at number one for the second straight weekend as the animated adventure based on the children's book, and starring the voice talents of Zac Efron and Taylor Swift, took in 39.1 million dollars. That raised its 10-day US total to 122 million, making it the top-grossing movie released so far this year.

John Carter, based on Tarzan creator Burroughs' tales of the interplanetary adventurer, opened in second-place with 30.6 million dollars. That's an awful start given the whopping 250 million that Disney reportedly spent to make the film.

The movie's salvation could come overseas, where John Carter opened in 55 markets with 70.6 million dollars, giving it a worldwide total of 101.2 million.

The Warner Bros teen comedy Project X held up well in its second weekend with 11.6 million dollars to finish at umber three and raise its US haul to 40.1 million.

Elizabeth Olsen's horror tale Silent House, released by Open Road Films, opened modestly at number four with seven million dollars. Olsen plays a young woman terrorised inside her family's spooky summer home.

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