In Theaters: 'Dr. Seuss' The Lorax', 'Project X'

Posted 10:06 PM March 1st, 2012 by Binh Ngo

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax and Project X are the only two movies opening nationwide this Friday, so let's see how they did with the critics and how they are projected do at the box office over the weekend.

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss' birthday so what a perfect time for Universal to release their latest animated feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax to coincide with that date.

If you haven't read the book, The Lorax is a short, orange creature that appears to warn the Once-Ler how his tree-cutting activities are harming the forest and the creatures that depend on it. Of course, he wouldn't listen until it's too late.

The Lorax features the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle and Betty White.

According to its 63% Tomatometer, the movie is good, but not great.

The extra material to make the movie feature length doesn't appear to harm the adaptation because Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Cathy Jakicic says those things actually "adds dimension" to the movie. USA Today's Claudia Puig adds that the movie "remains faithful to the spirit of Seuss."

However, detractors like New York Times' A.O. Scott calls the movie "a noisy, useless piece of junk."

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is projected to make between $44-$54 million this weekend, which ought to earn it the number one spot at the box office.

Project X is a found footage party film that chronicles what happened during a wild night when a couple of high school friends decide to hold a party at one of their homes.

Needless to say, after a couple round of drinks, things start to get out of control.

It's safe to say Project X is not aiming for any awards so what the critics think is irrelevant for this movie. Its target audience probably won't care as long as it delivers the debaucheries promised in the trailer, even if the movie has a Tomatometer of 27%.

Boxoffice Magazine's Sara Maria Vizcarrondo says Project X is "like the weaker cousin of Superbad," but NPR's Andrew Lapin is less kind in his assessment, saying that the movie "aims for the bottom and hits the bulls-eye."

Surprisingly, the New York Times' Neil Genzlinger thinks the movie "deserves consideration for the Nobel Prize" for its courageousness.

Project X is projected to do well at the box office with a take of somewhere between $20-$23 million this weekend. For a movie with a budget of $12 million, that's not bad take at all.

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