‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ climbs to the top spot at box office

Tim-ber! That's the sound of the CGI-tastic "Jack the Giant Slayer" falling short of expectations. Last weekend's box office topper snagged $28 million in ticket sales, which doesn't put much of a dent in an estimated budget approaching $200 million. There's a lesson here somewhere about making a kid's movie based on a fairy tale -- Jack and the Beanstalk -- with enough flesh-hungry monsters and mortal beanstalk climbs to warrant a PG-13 rating.


Nicholas Hoult makes a dangerous climb in "Jack and the Giant Slayer," which topped the weekend box office. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

Here's the rest of the box office list:

1. Jack the Giant Slayer, $28 million

2. Identity Thief, $9.7 million

3. 21 and Over, $9 million

4. The Last Exorcism Part II, $8 million

5. Snitch, $7.7 million

6. Escape from Planet Earth, $6.7 million

7. Safe Haven, $6.3 million

8. Silver Linings Playbook, $5.9 million

9. A Good Day to Die Hard, $4.5 million

10. Dark Skies, $3.6 million

Washington-area native Stephanie Merry covers movies, theater and art for Weekend and the Going Out Guide. She’s also the section’s de facto expert on yoga, gluten-free dining and bicycle commuting.
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