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How much cash does it take to bring a massively CG version of the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk to the big screen? Over $200 million. How much cash did it make at the box office weekend? Suffice to say there may have been giant slaying at the center of the movie, but there was no slaying of giant budget costs.
Domestically Jack the Giant Slayer may have earned enough to make the number one spot, but with just $28 million it was nothing short of a giant disappointment. When you roll in world-wide sales the movie's grand total sits at just over $40 milion, a painful short fall compared to its massive cost. It's only March but we may have already seen the biggest bust of 2013 hit the big screen.
The other two films to arrive this weekend also tanked, but given their far more modest budgets they weren't nearly the disasters that Jack was. 21 and Over, the debut feature project from writer/director team Jon Lucas and Scott Moore opened in third place with $9 million against a modest $15 million budget. Unsatisfied to let the Last Excorcism be the final word, The Last Exorcism Part II launched, bowing in at fifth place with $8 million, an almost automatic financial success given its shoestring $5 million budget.
Identity Thief has managed to hold a spot in the top two for most of February and, now in its fourth weekend, crossed the $100 million mark in domestic sales, further securing its spot as the biggest grossing film of the year so far.
For the full weekend top ten check out the chart below: