Top spot, but huge losses looking likely for the $200 million Warner Bros. film
Don’t be fooled by the appearance of the US Box Office charts, it was not a good weekend for the film topping the list, Jack The Giant Slayer.
The Bryan Singer tale stars Ewan McGregor and Nicholas Hoult, and beat out the competition to post takings of some $28 million on its debut. That’s a pretty unremarkable figure in itself, but it’s put into stark contrast when you consider that the flick was the first big-budget movie of the year, costing around $200 million to make. Now things don’t seem quite so rosy for it.
Things weren’t looking great for the film when it came in for a decidedly uninterested set of reviews in the press, with Rolling Stone – for instance – providing a particularly damning “Jack the Giant Slayer proves the axiom ‘If you can't make it good, make it 3D.’” Overall the film scored a mere 52% average on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, so we’re pretty sure alarm bells might have started to ring for Warner Bros.
Not even a star turn from Ewan McGregor could save Jack The Giant Slayer
Ultimately though it’s taken the top spot, at least, beating out Identity Thief – last week’s number one – into second place. The comedy took $9.7 million, which gave it the edge over comedy '21 And Over,' which took $9 million for third. In other box office news, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, became only the 15th film of all time to top the $1 billion figure at the box office, vanquishing any last lingering doubts as to how the film would stand up to the public good and proper.
Watch the trailer for Jack The Giant Slayer below: