Bryan Singer’s new mythical adventure, “Jack the Giant Slayer,” led the Friday box office, but its gross was far from impressive. According to a March 2 report from Box Office Mojo, the film opened with just $7.7 million on its opening day and is expected to earn around only $24 million for the whole weekend.
The $195 million-budgeted, 3D film opened worse than last year’s box office flop, “John Carter,” which earned $9.8 million on its first day. It also performed worse than Nicholaus Holt’s previous feature, last month’s “Warm Bodies.” That film, which was budgeted at $35 million, debuted with $8.14 million and has since grossed $60 million.
The two other new wide releases didn’t fare any better than “Jack the Giant Slayer,” even if they didn’t cost as much to produce.
“21 & Over,” the latest comedy from the writers of “The Hangover,” debuted in second place with just $3.34 million – less than half of what “Project X” made this time last year ($8.1 million). “21 & Over” is expected to gross just under $10 million for the whole weekend.
“The Last Exorcism Part II” came in third with $3.25 million – nearly three times less than what the first film made in August of 2010 ($9.4 million). The horror sequel is expected to make less than $9 million for the whole weekend.
Last weekend’s champion, “Identity Thief,” slipped to fourth place with $2.7 million on Friday. The Melissa McCarthy-starring comedy also passed the $100 million mark yesterday – making it the first film of 2013 to reach that milestone.
The Dwayne Johnson-starring thriller, “Snitch,” rounded out the top five with just $2.1 million – half of what it made on its opening day last week. So far, the film has earned just $18.8 million, and analysts predict that most theaters will no longer be carrying the film by the time “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” – also starring Johnson – hits theaters at the end of the month.