'Jack' slays the box office but it's feeble compared to 2012

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

“Jack the Giant Slayer” made as much money as the second, third and fourth-place movies combined this weekend. Credit a recognizable story, Nicholas Hoult and other name actors (Ewan McGregor above and Stanley Tucci below), 3-D and IMAX, all of which contributed to the box office. 
However, attendance and the running gross are both down this year, even though the average ticket price is 9 cents higher this year than last. It’s $8.05 at the moment. pegs attendance for the first 62 days of the year at 192,676,401 vs. 211,441,231 at this time in 2012. That’s down 8.87 percent and running gross is down 7.84 percent. 
“Argo” is already on DVD, so you cannot expect moviegoers to flock to the theater necessarily to see the best picture of 2012 and 2013 has been a slow starter with lots of so-so movies such as “Beautiful Creatures” and “Safe Haven” and “Dark Skies” and “Snitch.” 
Here is how the box office stacks up, according to which will update the numbers on Monday as always. 
1. “Jack the Giant Slayer” — $28,010,000.
2. “Identity Thief” — $9,706,150, bringing its total to $107,433,255. 
3. “21 and Over” — $9,000,000. 
4. “The Last Exorcism, Part II” — $8,030,000.
5. “Snitch” — $7,700,000, for $24,410,339 to date. 
6. “Escape from Planet Earth” — $6,726,000, bringing its total to $43,213,050. 
7. “Safe Haven” — $6,300,000, for $57,093,483 so far. 
8. “Silver Linings Playbook” — $5,941,000, for $115,520,639 since its limited release four months ago. 
9. “A Good Day to Die Hard” — $4,500,000, or $59,624,000 so far.
10. “Dark Skies” — $3,556,000, nudging its total to $13,452,687. 

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