Jack the Giant Slayer took first place at the box office with a disappointing $7.7 million Friday opening. The 3-D adventure, which was originally slated for a June 2012 release, opened wide this weekend in 3,525 locations and averaged about $2,187 per screen. The $200 million epic directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2) stars Ewan McGregor and Nicholas Hoult, and could be the first big flop of 2013. EW wrote about the hurdles Jack is expected to face in the coming weeks, especially after Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful opens March 8.
The party movie with a cast of relative unknowns, 21 and Over, opened Friday in 2,771 locations at an estimated $3.34 million. At this rate, Relativity’s $13 million R-rated comedy is poised to close out the weekend at around $9 million, tracking below early estimates that it would surpass its budget on opening weekend.
The Last Exorcism Part II just barely missed second place, bringing in $3.25 million, Friday, in 2,700 locations. The $5 million found-footage thriller was acquired by CBS Films for only $3 million. It’s clear that this sequel is unlikely to surpass the surprise success of the first film, but CBS is probably breathing easy that they have at least recouped their investment in only one day.
Rounding out the top five were Identity Thief with $2.7 million, making it the first film of 2013 to cross the $100 million domestic mark, and Snitch at $2.1 million, bringing its total to $18.8 million in week two.
Though it only opened in seven locations the psychological thriller Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, boasted a Friday location average of $6,814. Check back in tomorrow for EW’s full box office report.
1. Jack the Giant Slayer – $7.7 million
2. 21 and Over – $3.34 million
3. The Last Exorcism Part II – $3.25 million
4. Identity Thief – $2.7 million
5. Snitch – $2.1 million