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'Jack the Giant Slayer' tops box office with $28 million debut

Still from the 2013 film 'Jack the Giant Slayer.' (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment and Legendary Pictures Funding)
March 3, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
High hopes didn't exactly pan out for "Jack the Giant Slayer."

The Warner Brothers 3D action extravaganza, based on the "Jack and The Beanstalk" legend, pulled in about $28 million in its debut weekend to top the weekend box office. But the movie's box office victory was bittersweet since it had a reported budget of just under $200 million.

Jason Bateman-Melissa McCarthy's comedy "Identity Thief" came in at No. 2 with $9.7 million. The film has become the first film to cross the $100 million mark in 2013. But the numbers remained low all around this weekend among other new releases.

College romp "21 & Over" ranked in $9 million to open in third place while "The Last Exorcism Part II" and "Snitch" rounded out the top five.

The top 10 movies at the box office this weekend are:

1. "Jack the Giant Slayer," $28 million.
2. "Identity Thief," $9.7 million.
3. "21 & Over," $9 million.
4. "The Last Exorcism Part II," $8 million.
5. "Snitch," $7.7 million.
6. "Escape from Planet Earth," $6.7 million.
7. "Safe Haven," $6.3 million.
8. "Silver Linings Playbook," $5.9 million.
9. "A Good Day to Die Hard," $4.5 million.
10. "Dark Skies," $3.6 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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