Warner's Jack the Giant Slayer rounded out its first week in theatres with a first place take of $1.29 million on Thursday. However, the expensive Bryan Singer directed fantasy film fell a very sharp 16 percent from Wednesday, as it clearly took a hit from the 9 p.m. launch of Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful. Jack the Giant Slayer was the week's top film with a seven-day start of $33.79 million. While that was in line with expectations, it was nonetheless a disappointing domestic start given the film's hefty price tag. Jack the Giant Slayer is currently running 15 percent softer than the $39.66 million one-week take of last year's John Carter.
Turning towards this weekend, Oz: The Great and Powerful was off to a very solid start last night with an estimated $2 million from 9 p.m. and midnight screenings. That represented roughly one half of the $3.9 million 2010's Alice in Wonderland earned from its midnight start, though it is extremely likely that Oz: The Great and Powerful will be more of a Saturday and Sunday film than Alice in Wonderland was. Check back throughout the weekend for further updates on the progress of Oz: The Great and Powerful.
21 and Over placed in second on Thursday with $0.68 million. Relativity's modestly budgeted R-rated comedy fell 2 percent from Wednesday, which represented one of the day's stronger daily holds among wide releases. 21 and Over placed in third for the week with a seven-day start of $11.78 million. That was below expectations and places the film 59 percent behind the $28.57 million one-week start of last year's Project X.
Universal's Identity Thief followed closely behind in third with $0.66 million. The blockbuster comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy was also down 2 percent from Wednesday. Identity Thief placed in second for the week with $12.48 million and has grossed a stronger than expected $110.21 million in four weeks of release.
The Last Exorcism Part II wrapped up its first week of release with a ninth place take of $265,416 on Thursday. The low-budget PG-13 horror sequel from CBS Films debuted on the very low end of expectations this week with a seven-day start of $8.96 million. That placed the film in fifth for the frame and was 64 percent softer than the $24.77 million one-week start of 2010's The Last Exorcism.