Last year at this time we had John Carter, a big fantasy effort based on classic literature that was deigned a loser and everyone involved got dinged for their efforts. This year we have Jack the Giant Slayer. And where John‘s director Andrew Stanton is regrouping by directing a sequel to Finding Nemo next, Jack‘s director Bryan Singer has already lined up his next project, which is an X-Men movie…

The other side/question of this is if Jack the Giant Slayer will play internationally. Domestically, it won’t make it to $100 Million, and will likely end up in the same range as Carter, around $70-$80 Million domestic, and around a $30 Million opening. But Carter got beat up from the get go, it became a punching bag. This not so much. It’s hard to say what the better fate is. People don’t like this film much, but the knives aren’t out for it.

21 and Over also opens this weekend. It looks like the off-brand version of last year’s Project X. There’s also the poorly titled The Last Exorcism Part II and Phantom. It feels like most of these should have gone direct to video. But if they were done cheaply, than expect good things from all but Phantom, as generic but obvious films that play to comedy or horror tend to make a quick buck in the early months of the year.

Anyway.

  1. Jack the Giant Slayer – $25 Million
  2. 21 and Over – $15.5 Million
  3. The Last Exorcism Part II – $11 Million
  4. Identity Thief – $8.5 Million
  5. Snitch – $7 Million

Next week brings Oz: The Great and Powerful, which should do much, much more business than Jack. So there’s that.

What are you going to watch this weekend?