Jack the Giant Slayer

March 04, 2013 | 8:59 a.m.

‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ snuffed out at box office

“Jack the Giant Slayer” landed with a thud at the box office this weekend, the first official bomb of 2013. The film was No. 1 at the box office this weekend, but barely raked in a disappointing $28 million. The film, which cost nearly $200 million to make, is directed by Bryan Singer (“X-Men”) and stars Nicholas Hoult (“Warm Bodies”). It was released by New Line (“Lord of the Rings.”). The CGI-heavy film is a riff on the childhood favorite, “Jack and the Beanstalk,” which ends with the ogre toppling to his death after he’s outwitted by a young boy. Well, you could say young boys and young men outwitted Hollywood movie executives in this instance too. The movie was made with them in mind. …. But they stayed away in droves. Our colleague Steven Zeitchik breaks down the reasons […]
Feb. 28, 2013 | 10:32 a.m.

‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ opens Friday — but who will go see it?

“Jack the Giant Slayer” opens Friday amid predictions that the film will not slay the box office on opening weekend. And some are wondering whether “Jack,” amid the beanstalks, can locate its audience. Pre-release tracking surveys predict a $25-million opening this weekend for “Jack the Giant Slayer.”  Adding to the box office obstacles? “Oz the Great and Powerful” hits theaters March 8, just one week after “Jack.” It’s no secret “Jack” director Bryan Singer had difficulty finding a tone that satisfied him.  As Singer told the Los Angeles Times’ Nicole Sperling, he did not want that “colorful and fantastical” approach of “Alice in Wonderland.”  Neither did he want the “purposefully dark and aggressive” approach of “Snow White and the Huntsman.” So, what did he end up with?   For one thing, a very expensive movie — $195 million. A midstream script […]
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