Box office roundup – March 3, 2013 – Jack hardly makes a giant slaying at the box office

Warner Bros. PicturesJack (Nicholas Hoult) climbs the beanstalk.
Warner Bros. Pictures
Jack (Nicholas Hoult) climbs the beanstalk.

1. Jack the Giant Slayer – $28 million [debut week] This did slightly better than “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” which only managed $19 million its opening weekend, but this has little chance of recouping its $195 million budget. This was the third underwhelming opening for a Bryan Singer-directed film following the disappointing “Valkyrie” ($21 million) and “Superman Returns” ($52 million off a $270 million budget).

Guy D'Alema/Universal StudiosJASON BATEMAN and MELISSA MCCARTHY lead the cast of "Identity Thief", an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name. With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, he'll find out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score.
Guy D’Alema/Universal Studios
JASON BATEMAN and MELISSA MCCARTHY lead the cast of “Identity Thief”, an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name. With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, he’ll find out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score.

2. Identity Thief – $9.17 million [4th week; $107 million] With so much new competition it wasn’t surprising that the two-time champ failed to make it a three-peat, but it’s the first 2013 film to reach $100 million plus. Of all the films in the year’s first quarter starring big-names like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, isn’t it more than a little shocking that the year’s biggest hit so far stars Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy? And it’s not even close.

John Johnson/Relativity Media[From left] Miles Teller, Justin Chon, and Skylar Astin star in Relativity Media's "21 and Over."
John Johnson/Relativity Media
[From left] Miles Teller, Justin Chon, and Skylar Astin star in Relativity Media’s “21 and Over.”

3. 21 and Over – $9 million [debut week] The “Hangover Jr.” failed to live up to expectations and fared far worse than last year’s similar themed “Project X,” which opened to $21 million and had the same March release weekend.

CBS FilmsAshley Bell as Nell in "The Last Exorcism Part II."
CBS Films
Ashley Bell as Nell in “The Last Exorcism Part II.”

4. The Last Exorcism Part II – $8 million [debut week] The 2010 original opened to $20 million, but it’s possible that horror movie fans have had their appetite quenched a bit with the successful “Mama,” which opened in January to a solid $28 million debut weekend. Or maybe audiences got confused since the previous film was supposed to be the last exorcism?

Steve Dietl/Summit EntertainmentMalik (Michael Williams) watches John (Dwayne Johnson) in "Snitch."
Steve Dietl/Summit Entertainment
Malik (Michael Williams) watches John (Dwayne Johnson) in “Snitch.”

5. Snitch – $7.7 million [2nd week; $21 million in total] The Rock’s new movie is plummeting out of relevance for audiences and narrowly made the Top 5. A shame as it’s the best performance Dwayne Johnson’s done so far in his acting career, but not enough people have any desire to see it.

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