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Weekend Box Office Report: March 1-3, 2013

Mar. 3, 2013by: Dave Davis

Jack in the Box Office!

Sometimes fairy tales do come true, at least when it comes to winning the weekend at the box office -- JACK THE GIANT SLAYER opened at #1 with $28 million.

That said, it's probably best that director Bryan Singer is heading back behind the camera for the X-MEN movie series, because it doesn't seem likely he'll be getting a franchise out of JACK. The PG-13 3D version of the old folktale, delayed from its initial planned release last summer, cost around $200 million to make and would need to find a whole lot of magic beans (particularly from 3D-loving international audiences) just to climb back to its budget.

For recent "re-imagined" fairy tales, JACK THE GIANT SLAYER had a better opening than January's HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS' $19.6 million (it went on to $181M worldwide), but nowhere near last year's SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, which started with $56.2 million and went on to nearly $400M globally.

The weekend's other new releases couldn't overcome the resilient IDENTITY THIEF, which took second place with another $9.7 million and a four-week total of $107.4M (making it the first 2013 release to cross the $100 million mark). But the R-rated drunken stupor 21 AND OVER wasn't far behind, coming in third with $9 million (that new comedy from the writers of THE HANGOVER only cost around $13 million).

In fourth place was the title-defying sequel THE LAST EXORCISM: PART II with $8 million (the horror cheapie came with just a $5 million budget). The Devil had enough punch to defeat The Rock, holding off his latest actioner SNITCH to fifth (after a #2 debut last week) with $7.7 million.

After that, it's tight between the romance SAFE HAVEN, the CG-animated ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH (which, other than JACK THE GIANT SLAYER, is still the only real family option on the list) and the shockingly durable SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, celebrating its Best Actress trophy for Jennifer Lawrence at last Sunday's Oscars.

Down in ninth was A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD with $4.5 million over its third weekend in the Top 10 -- which itself is a rare feat for action stars lately. Still, while it seems that North Amercian audiences have grown tired of Det. John MacClane, the fifth DIE HARD movie has hit a $221 million total worldwide. Bruce Willis also still packed enough ammo to keep the alien frightener DARK SKIES to the tenth spot.

Outside the chart, WARM BODIES shuffled out of sight so that star Nicholas Hoult could make room for himself at #1, and Steven Soderbergh's SIDE EFFECTS and the failed young-adult franchise attempt BEAUTIFUL CREATURES also disappeared. OLDBOY director Park Chan-wook's thriller STOKER had a strong $22k per-screen average for its limited release opening, while the new Ed Harris/David Duchovny submarine thriller PHANTOM surfaced on over 1000 screens but got torpedoed with only around half a million bucks.

Next weekend brings the Noomi Rapace/Colin Farrell thriller DEAD MAN DOWN and Sam Raimi's vibrant prequel OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, plus limited releases of the war drama EMPEROR, the horror anthology THE ABCs OF DEATH, and the documentary about the resuscitation of 80s radio rockers DON'T STOP BELIEVIN': EVERYMAN'S JOURNEY.

Are you planning to check out OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL next weekend? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Jack the Giant Slayer $28 M
NEW
2. Identity Thief $9.7 M $107.4 M
3. 21 and Over $9 M
NEW
4. The Last Exorcism: Part II $8 M
NEW
5. Snitch $7.7 M $24.4 M
6. Safe Haven $6.3 M $57 M
7. Escape from Planet Earth $6.2 M $43.2 M
8. Silver Linings Playbook $5.9 M $115.5 M
9. A Good Day to Die Hard $4.5 M $59.6 M
10. Dark Skies $3.5 M $13.4 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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2:25AM on 03/04/2013

Snitch

is not an actioner! Was so disappointed because all the reviews kept saying it was the new rock action movie. Good movie but not what i expected in a bad way.
is not an actioner! Was so disappointed because all the reviews kept saying it was the new rock action movie. Good movie but not what i expected in a bad way.
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12:30AM on 03/04/2013

Jack the Giant Slayer

Every news story I've glanced at this weekend had a negative connotation toward the film, like they wanted it to fail or something. Strange...
Every news story I've glanced at this weekend had a negative connotation toward the film, like they wanted it to fail or something. Strange...
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6:56PM on 03/03/2013

Slow month for movies

Nothing piques my interest. Watching die hard robbed me of the joy of going to the theater. Also lost my faith in humanity. Dumping season is so zzzzzz.
Nothing piques my interest. Watching die hard robbed me of the joy of going to the theater. Also lost my faith in humanity. Dumping season is so zzzzzz.
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4:41PM on 03/03/2013

Another

Sam Raimi's "OZ the Great and Powerful" seems a lot like Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland". Both are spin-offs of classic fairy tales and heavily CGI. I know a lot of people are were disappointed with how "Alice" turned out. It did a lot better overseas than it did domestically (not to say it was unsuccessful domestically). I feel like the same thing will happen. Both movies have fantastic casts and a great director at the helm, but are overly ambitious and rely too much on CGI. I feel like
Sam Raimi's "OZ the Great and Powerful" seems a lot like Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland". Both are spin-offs of classic fairy tales and heavily CGI. I know a lot of people are were disappointed with how "Alice" turned out. It did a lot better overseas than it did domestically (not to say it was unsuccessful domestically). I feel like the same thing will happen. Both movies have fantastic casts and a great director at the helm, but are overly ambitious and rely too much on CGI. I feel like this movie is going to disappoint a lot of people all over again. I hope it turns out well, for the sake of Raimi and cast, but i'm not expecting it to be anything groundbreaking or breathtaking.
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4:20PM on 03/03/2013
Good to see Stoker doing relatively well, meaning a wider release is definitely within the horizon. It hasn't been released in my area so far =(
Good to see Stoker doing relatively well, meaning a wider release is definitely within the horizon. It hasn't been released in my area so far =(
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3:59PM on 03/03/2013
I watched Jack the Giant Slayer this weekend...thought it was pretty good. Certainly not original, but it's fun. Certainly better than Die Hard was.
I watched Jack the Giant Slayer this weekend...thought it was pretty good. Certainly not original, but it's fun. Certainly better than Die Hard was.
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3:56PM on 03/03/2013
Looks like Jack couldn't slay the giant competition this weekend at the box office (see what I did there)...ah shit.

Silver Linings Playbook still going strong!
Looks like Jack couldn't slay the giant competition this weekend at the box office (see what I did there)...ah shit.

Silver Linings Playbook still going strong!
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6:51PM on 03/03/2013
Your taste in film and your godlike worship of Ryan Reynolds/Ryan gosling/Bradley cooper is disturbing. Every news article about the aforementioned actors gives you a stiffy.
Your taste in film and your godlike worship of Ryan Reynolds/Ryan gosling/Bradley cooper is disturbing. Every news article about the aforementioned actors gives you a stiffy.
7:46PM on 03/03/2013
Just like your MOMMMMMMMMMA!!!!!!!!!!! High five!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just like your MOMMMMMMMMMA!!!!!!!!!!! High five!!!!!!!!!!!!
2:54PM on 03/03/2013
Not the best weekend for new releases, critically and financially. Really happy SLP is still hanging in. Saw it for my third time the other day. Besides Stoker, there is really nothing in March that is sparking my interest theatrically so it's already starting to feel like a quiet month.
Not the best weekend for new releases, critically and financially. Really happy SLP is still hanging in. Saw it for my third time the other day. Besides Stoker, there is really nothing in March that is sparking my interest theatrically so it's already starting to feel like a quiet month.
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