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Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 11/14/2011

Bloody epic ‘Immortals’ captures box office


Stephen Dorff, Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto and Greg Bryk star in the bloody action-packed “Immortals.” ( Jan Thijs/Relativity Media)
The theme of this week’s box office numbers? Critics be damned. The top box office performer was “Immortals,” which bears a passing resemblance to the ancient Greek myth of the minotaur-slaying Theseus and had positive words from about 39 percent of critics, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Our own Mark Jenkins said the CGI-heavy bloodbath “pays less attention to theology than decapitations, castrations, eviscerations and the occasional parboiling alive of people inside a giant metal bull.” The gore-fest earned $32 million.

As far as reviews are concerned, that movie was practically “Citizen Kane” compared to runner-up “Jack and Jill,” which raked in $26 million and an almost unheard of 3 percent on the Tomatometer. Post critic Michael O’Sullivan had some choice words in his one-star review of Adam Sandler’s cross-dressing “comedy” about a man (played by Sandler) and his chubby, flatulent twin sister (also played by Sandler. Eddie Murphy, what have you done?): “Why it took three [people] to come up with the story, in which a Thanksgiving visit by Jill turns into an eight-week nightmare for Jack — and an 89-minute one for you — is anyone's guess.”

Here’s a look at the rest of the weekend’s top movies:

1. “Immortals” ($32 million)

2. “Jack and Jill” ($26 million)

3. “Puss in Boots” ($25.5 million)

4. “Tower Heist” ($13.2 million)

5. “J. Edgar” ($11.5 million)

6. “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas” ($5.9 million)

7. “In Time” ($4.2 million)

8. “Paranormal Activity 3” ($3.6 million)

9. “Footloose” ($2.7 million)

10. “Real Steel” ($2 million)

By  |  10:53 AM ET, 11/14/2011

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