BOX OFFICE: JACK THE GIANT SLAYER Tracking Hints At A Disappointing Weekend

Director Bryan Singer's twist on the classic fairy tale is not tracking well in the build up to its release on March 1st, with analyst predicting a soft opening similar to that of 2012 box office flops Battleship and John Carter. Read on for details!

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By Josh Wilding - 2/22/2013

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jack the Giant Slayer's pre-release tracking has the fantasy adventure down as making only between $30 million to $35 million during its opening weekend in North America. With a budget of $190 million and some hefty marketing costs, numbers like this - which are almost identical to big budget box office flops Battleship and John Carter - mean that the pressure would be on for it to perform well in international markets. However, there's nothing to say that these numbers won't improve as the March 1st release dates draws near, especially as the studio are planning an 11th hour advertising blitz. Test screenings and media screenings have also gone well according to insiders at New Line and Warner Bros. Perhaps the biggest hurdle for Jack the Giant Slayer is the fact that Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful opens just one week later. That is tracking at around the $75 million range, although many believe it could open even higher.






Jack the Giant Slayer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend—and gets the chance to become a legend himself.


STARRING:

Nicholas Hoult as Jack
Eleanor Tomlinson as Isabelle
Stanley Tucci as Lord Roderick
Ian McShane as King Brahmwell
Bill Nighy and John Kassir as Fallon
Ewan McGregor as Elmont

RELEASE DATE: March 1st, 2013


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P862010 - 2/22/2013, 8:09 AM
not surprised this film looks kind of bland
PC04 - 2/22/2013, 8:12 AM
At the risk of being a tool....CALLED IT
95 - 2/22/2013, 8:15 AM
I'm hoping to score a free screening, or else in waiting for the home release so I can rent it. The giants look like cheap versions of trolls from The Hobbit. Jack and the Beanstalk reinterpreted with war set pieces doesn't interest me the slightest.
GetsugaTensho22 - 2/22/2013, 8:21 AM
Well, who knows? some people might end up liking it.
Shamo - 2/22/2013, 8:25 AM
190 million budget? with those shitty VFX? really?? i'm a bit worried about DOFP now.
TonyCHAOSJacobs - 2/22/2013, 8:25 AM
So do we expect the same to happen with x-men: days of future's past??
JoeMomma29 - 2/22/2013, 8:29 AM
dellamorte1872 - 2/22/2013, 8:32 AM
IMO - It's so funny, plus I boycott every SINGER film since he chose SR instead of finishing his so-so X trilogy.
dellamorte1872 - 2/22/2013, 8:33 AM
I hope it bombs big time!
JoeMomma29 - 2/22/2013, 8:33 AM
For once I agree with grif and his Pedo Bear!

ManOfKrypton - 2/22/2013, 8:35 AM
@JoeMomma29 You better hope no one sees that who's got epilepsy!

arttender - 2/22/2013, 8:37 AM
Bryan Singer Sucks. Bottom line!

Anyone who has had as many failures as he can claim has no right to love themselves half as much as he does. The man is a tweeter hound and a glory seeker and I for one am not interested in his BORING return to the X-franchise. Stop teasing pics of wheelchairs asshole, and concentrate on making the movie at least halfway decent. I'm sick of reading posts about anything he has to say.

Now I feel better.

Thanks
marcvader1 - 2/22/2013, 8:43 AM
Big deal. No surprise here, move along.
CavEl - 2/22/2013, 8:43 AM


You weren't seriously thinking it wasn't going to bomb, did you?

dellamorte1872 - 2/22/2013, 8:50 AM
That's why it took him soooooo long to get financial backing for the film, everyone was hesitant bc they knew it was going to fail lol I bet he's gonna be surprised too lol
ralfinader - 2/22/2013, 8:52 AM
This is just shocking. I can't believe they made a movie this stupid looking.
Shamo - 2/22/2013, 8:55 AM
@arttender, as many failures as him? what failures are you speaking off? nearly all his movies have obtained both critical and box office sucess.
Nomadic1 - 2/22/2013, 8:56 AM
This should surprise nobody.
GAC - 2/22/2013, 9:03 AM
S.H.I.E.L.D gathers pace
We’re getting increasingly excited about Marvel’s upcoming S.H.I.E.L.D series. With shooting on a pilot recently completed and a probably Fall air date, it won’t be long before we’re able to dip into the Marvel universe on a weekly basis. With Joss Whedon on scribbling duties and Clark Gregg starring as Agent Phil Coulson it also looks like it will dovetail nicely with the big screen Universe we’ve come to know and love over recent years.

“We’re trying very hard to be true to [Marvel's] ethos and also to the structure of their universe,” Whedon recently told TV Line. “So it is definitely a Marvel show.”

Whilst details of the series are still thin on the ground Whedon did suggest that S.H.I.E.L.D would be different to anything else currently airing on the small screen. “I’m excited about the show because it’s a very hopeful show,” he said. “It’s not about murder, and it’s not about crime, and it’s not people looking into their own belly buttons. It’s about people who are trying to help each other, and that’s one of the things I loved about comic books. They had costumes and the villains were cool [but] they stood for something, and I like doing a show that does that.”

Aside from Agent Coulson, the S.H.I.E.L.D series will introduce us to a whole new cast of characters. So far we already know that ER alumnus Ming Na has signed on to play former soldier Melinda May and that Nashville’s Chloe Bennet will be playing superhero obsessive Skye. We also know that relatively unknown British actors Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker have been added to the cast as science and tech whizs Gemma Simmons and Leo Fitz.

One character who may not appear in the new show however is Cobie Smulders’ Agent Maria Hill. The How I Met Your Mother actress was one of the stars of The Avengers movie and many fans might hope she’d reprise her role for the S.H.I.E.L.D series. However Whedon admitted that her hectic schedule “will permit very little…but if we can get a hold of her anytime, we will.”

It would certainly be a shame if the Canadian native doesn’t return, however there’s still more than enough to whet our appetites for this particular Avengers spin off.
HellsHammer - 2/22/2013, 9:10 AM
Good. I want that kid that plays Jack and Singer out of Hollywood.
JoeMomma29 - 2/22/2013, 9:12 AM
LOL at FreakingIntelligent (forget it your screen name is to freakin long to type)!
beane2099 - 2/22/2013, 9:17 AM
I was one of the few who expressed mixed feelings about Singer returning to X Men. Like I said, I respect the contributions he's made to comic book movies, but I've always thought his stuff has been very subdued. Where he makes up for some of that is in the character interactions and such (except when he made Superman a deadbeat dad. That was a little much). Speaking to Jack the Giant Slayer; just hearing the concept, I think most people thought it was mediocre at best. The trailers did little allay that feeling.
third3ye - 2/22/2013, 9:22 AM
No surprises here.
IIIAdamantiumIII - 2/22/2013, 9:25 AM
lol told ya so! oz looks just as terrible ....these are way better looking franco movies


KarlRobinofEarth2 - 2/22/2013, 9:35 AM
dailycomicsfix - lol who asked?
DrDoom - 2/22/2013, 10:20 AM
What a waste of time. Hopefully this kills the 'hardcore fairy tale movie' trend.
nach1wan - 2/22/2013, 10:24 AM
@grif x-men 7, actually
comicb00kguy - 2/22/2013, 10:26 AM
And who is surprised at this news? Jack and the Beanstalk turned into a 190 million dollar CGI-fest movie? This sounds like it's going to establish new levels for epic fail.

How bad does this have to tank to get Singer cut off from wasting any more money?
Newbus - 2/22/2013, 10:39 AM
"Test screenings and media screenings have also gone well according to insiders at New Line and Warner Bros."

Absolute horse s**t!!

Now I know some brown envelopes have been handed out to critics who will promptly give this film a 5 star rating.
YoungThanos - 2/22/2013, 11:22 AM
HaHa!

Singer = FAIL!
ricko8687 - 2/22/2013, 11:49 AM
Bryan singer although a good director his action scences live a bit to be desired except for the opening scene of X men United his action scene are rather bland,
Tevii - 2/22/2013, 12:39 PM
Hahahah NO KIDDING!!!! Always knew this would flop. But I have to say 30-35 million is much higher than I wouldve guessed.

But I always knew this would be the most expensive flop at least until summer when there is real competition.
arashini - 2/22/2013, 12:45 PM
surprise, surprise.... not
SkateandDestroy88 - 2/22/2013, 1:07 PM
Someone made a comment about wouldn't waste there time watching this online for free. . . that about sums it up

X men one was awesome at the time, great casting. X men 2 was great as well. I think it's a shame that Singer didn't finish his X men Triology, would,ve been curious to see where he would've taken that franchise.
SkateandDestroy88 - 2/22/2013, 1:10 PM
This is a little humerous, I must admit.
Something tells me the Zach Snyder Man of Steel is going to do really well. Phony report or not. Sorry Singer. You lost your mojo.
AIGALAN - 2/22/2013, 4:26 PM
Figured this movie might fail. Didn't care too much for the cast and the cgi looked bad. I think their biggest problem was that little kids didn't seem into it , if it would have been more family friendly it would have raked in more money. Done see many teens or young adults wanting to see this either. Overall the plot and idea of this movie seemed very uninteresting to me.
YoungThanos - 2/22/2013, 6:57 PM
Oz >>>>>>> Giant Slayer.
Lego - 2/22/2013, 7:44 PM
[frick] Singer
ISleepNow - 2/22/2013, 8:47 PM
Taboggon - 2/23/2013, 12:23 AM
There's no way this movie will draw as much money as John Cater and Battleship, 35 million opening? Forget it.
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