Box Office: 'Jack the Giant Slayer' leads the weekend, 'Identity Thief' surges to No. 2
As expected, "Jack the Giant Slayer" took the weekend's box office by a long shot, but still opened much softer than it could have. The big budget Warner Bros. movie made its anticipated $28 million intake during its opening weekend, but that is only a small slice of its $195 million budget.
The other two new films this weekend, "21 and Over" and "The Last Exorcism Part II," had modest turnouts in third and fourth place with $9 million and $8 million takes, respectively. "Identity Thief," meanwhile, surged from being in fourth place on Friday to being second overall for the March 2 weekend with a $9.7 million gross. The Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy comedy, released Feb. 8, has made $107 million so far during its run.
It should be noted that "Silver Linings Playbook" is still clinging in the Top 10 after being released months ago. The movie made $5.9 million this weekend, bringing its domestic total up to $115 million. This weekend's sales were likely boosted by Jennifer Lawrence's Oscar win -- and the fact the Internet is in love with her right now.
Here are the Top 10 films at this weekend's box office:
1) Jack the Giant Slayer, $28,010,000
2) Identity Thief, $9,706,000
3) 21 and Over, $9,000,000
4) The Last Exorcism Part II, $8,030,000
5) Snitch, $7,700,000
6) Safe Haven, $6,300,000
7) Escape From Planet Earth, $6,276,000
8) Silver Linings Playbook, $5,941,000
9) A Good Day to Die Hard, $4,500,000
10) Dark Skies, $3,556,000