But it was no fairy-tale beginning.
‘Jack’ earned $27.2 million over the slow weekend, stomping the competition but falling well short of a blockbuster opening. Reports estimate the film cost between $150 million and $200 million to make, not including the millions of dollars spent on marketing the film. ‘Jack’ is expected to take a bigger-than-average dive this weekend when another potential fantasy blockbuster, ‘Oz the Great and Powerful,’ opens.
Meanwhile, ‘Identity Thief’ continues to perform solidly in its fourth weekend, slipping one spot to No. 2. The Melissa McCarthy-Jason Bateman comedy earned $9.7 million to push its overall take to more than $107 million. The R-rated film is the top-earning movie of 2013 so far.
Two other newcomers, ’21 and Over’ and ‘The Last Exorcism Part II,’ debuted in the top five to so-so openings.
Raunchy R-rated comedy ’21 and Over’ earned $8.7 million, finishing third.
Dwayne Johnson action thriller ‘Snitch’ fell two spots to No. 4, earning $7.76 million in its second weekend.
Horror sequel ‘The Last Exorcism Part II’ earned $7.72 million to finish fifth.
The only other new movie, the Ed Harris submarine thriller ‘Phantom,’ reported one of the weakest opening weekends ever for a nationwide release, earning less than $500,000.