Hollywood spent last weekend patting itself on the back at the Academy Awards, but it's a very different story this weekend, as every single new release completely bombed. You know what they say: Pride goeth before the fall.
Leading the charge straight down the drain was, of course, Bryan Singer's ill-advised CGI fantasia "Jack the Giant Slayer," which opened with $28 million to take the title of first loser. That doesn't sound too bad until you consider the fact that the movie cost north of $200 million. To put things in perspective, "John Carter," which opened almost exactly one year ago and is considered one of the biggest flops in film history, earned $30 million in its first weekend. So that's not good.
And the news wasn't any better for the weekend's other two new wide releases. "21 and Over," a blatant ripoff of "The Hangover" written by, well, the guys who wrote "The Hangover," crashed and burned to the tune of just $9 million, good for third place. And the horror sequel "The Last Exorcism Part II" brought in only $8 million to land in fourth place, though at least it didn't cost much to make either.
Pretty much the only good news at the box office this weekend came from the Melissa McCarthy comedy "Identity Thief," which exploited its weak competition to drag in another $9.7 million. That brings it's total to $107.5 million to date, making it the first film of 2013 to break the $100 million mark.
Of course, box office salvation is on the horizon, as the presumed blockbuster "Oz the Great and Powerful" is set to open in theaters next weekend. Will it be enough to turn around Hollywood's fortunes? One thing's for sure: It certainly couldn't do any worse.
Here's a look at this weekend's full box office top ten, courtesy of Hollywood.com:
1. "Jack the Giant Slayer" - $28m (our review)
2. "Identity Thief" - $9.7m (our review)
3. "21 and Over" - $9m (our review)
4. "The Last Exorcism Part II" - $8m (our review)
5. "Snitch" - $7.7m (our review)
6. "Escape From Planet Earth" - $6.7m (our review)
7. "Safe Haven" - $6.3m (our review)
8. "Silver Linings Playbook" - $5.9m (our review)
9. "A Good Day to Die Hard" - $4.5m (our review)
10. "Dark Skies" - $3.6m (our review)