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).
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.
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.
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?
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.