“Jack the Giant Slayer,” a 3-D re- imagining of the folktale, opened in first place at theaters in the U.S. and Canada at the weekend, taking in $28 million for Time Warner Inc. (TWX)’s New Line Cinema.
“Identity Thief” fell to second place from first with $9.7 million, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said today in an e-mailed statement. Among other new films, the raunchy comedy “21 & Over” was third in its debut with sales of $9 million for Relativity Media.
“Jack the Giant Slayer” follows a Hollywood trend in producing updated versions of classic stories designed to appeal to teens as well as children. Studios released two Snow White films last year and Walt Disney Co. (DIS)’s 3-D “Oz the Great and Powerful,” a prequel to the 1939 classic, opens next weekend.
In “Giant Slayer,” the fairy tale is expanded beyond the simple story of Jack’s one-time trip up the beanstalk. In the film, directed by Bryan Singer, Jack’s intrusion rekindles an ancient war between humans and a race of bloodthirsty giants. Nicholas Hoult, who played the character Beast in “X-Men: First Class,” portrays Jack. The film also features Eleanor Tomlinson as the princess Jack encounters during his adventure and Ewan McGregor as Elmont, a warrior who helps Jack take on the Giants.
“Jack the Giant Slayer” was estimated to take in $26.1 million, the forecast of Box Office Mojo, another researcher.
“Identity Thief” stars Jason Bateman as Sandy Bigelow Patterson, a man whose gender-neutral name enables a woman to assume his identity and wreck his credit. Authorities tell him the only way to resolve the problem is to find the woman and bring her in. The film from Comcast Corp. (CMCSA)’s Universal Pictures co-stars Melissa McCarthy as Bateman’s nemesis. Amanda Peet plays Sandy’s wife.
“21 & Over” stars “Twilight” series-cast member Justin Chon as a quiet, hard-working college student who goes on a binge of drink and debauchery the night before a crucial interview to get into medical school. The R-rated film, which also features Miles Teller and Skylar Astin, was estimated to generate $14.7 million.
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