Jack the Giant Slayer took the box office crown in an extremely slow box office weekend. The Bryan Singer directed fantasy film grossed over $28 million in its opening weekend. The film, which reportedly cost over $200 million, under performed and is unlikely to earn back its budget on domestic receipts alone.
Identity Thief, which regained the top slot last weekend, fell to second place. The comedy, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, finished with over $9.7 million for the weekend. In its fourth week of release, the film became the first film in 2013 to cross the $100 million threshold. Talks of a sequel have already begun at Universal.
Another new release this week, 21 and Over, finished in third place with a disappointing $9 million. The comedy barely edged another new release, The Last Exorcism Part II, which grossed just over $8 million in its first week of release. It appears that this indeed will be the last exorcism with numbers like that.
Finishing in fifth place was Snitch, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The action drama brought in over $7.7 million at the box office, bringing its total box office to over $24 million. This is the first of three actions films hitting the big screen this Spring featuring Johnson, with both G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Fast & Furious 6 releasing in late March and May respectively.
Next week, Hollywood hopes to break the slump that it has been experiencing with the flashy family film Oz The Great and Powerful starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz making its debut. Additionally, the action drama Dead Man Down with Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace and Emperor with Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox will make their big screen debuts. All films will open in theaters across the country on Friday.