Jack the Giant Slayer has climbed to the top of the weekend box office.
Although the film made more money than the other films currently in theaters, Warner Bros. probably isn’t considering the movie to be a success. According to Collider, director Bryan Singer’s fantasy flick only managed to scrape up around $28 million at the weekend box office.
The $195 million dollar movie opened in around 3,500 theaters on Friday. The studio still has a ways to go before it comes close to recouping the film’s production budget.
The numbers posted at Box Office Mojo suggest that Jack the Giant Slayer has failed to find a foothold in foreign markets as well. Over the course of the weekend, Singer’s flick could only muster up around $13 million overseas. The movie’s worldwide total currently sits at $41 million.
The negative reviews the film has received from numerous critics likely kept people away from theaters over the weekend. As of this writing, Jack the Giant Slayer has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 55 percent. The audience score isn’t much better; only 66 percent of moviegoers found the flick to be enjoyable.
Director and co-writer Ed Gass-Donnelly’s The Last Exoricsm Part II also opened in cinemas around the country this weekend. The $5 million horror sequel brought in $8 million over the past three-days.
Landing in third was 21 and Over, the raunchy R-rated comedy directed by Hangover scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. The film made approximately $9 million over the weekend. Given that the movie’s budget was a modest $13 million, Relativity should have no trouble making its money back on this particular venture.
According to NBC News, director Todd Robinson’s thriller Phantom failed to crack the top ten. Despite opening in over 1,000 theaters, the Ed Harris and David Duchovny submarine flick only earned around $465,000.
While the new releases had some difficulty getting some attention from moviegoers over the weekend, the Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief continues to charge right along. The film landed in second place over the weekend with $9.7 million in ticket sales. Since its debut, Seth Gordon’s effort has earned a whopping $107 million.
Next weekend will see the release of Sam Raimi’s highly-anticipated Wizard of Oz prequel Oz: The Great and Powerful. Disney is banking on lots of people showing up to see the fantasy starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz.
Also on-deck to help the box office emerge from its current slump is the World War II drama Emperor. Starring Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones, and Eriko Hatsune, the film follows the American occupation of Japan shortly after Emperor Hirohito’s surrender.
A complete list of this weekend’s earnings has been included below.
1. Jack the Giant Slayer – $28 million
2. Identity Thief – $9.7 million
3. 21 and Over – $9 million
4. The Last Exorcism Part II – $8 million
5. Snitch – $7.7 million
6. Escape from Planet Earth – $6.7 million
7. Safe Haven – $6.3 million
8. Silver Linings Playbook – $5.9 million
9. A Good Day to Die Hard – $4.5 million
10. Dark Skies – $3.5 million
Did you catch Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer over the weekend? Are you surprised that the film only managed to bring in roughly $28 million at the box office?