This weekend offers up a buffet of films in various genres, with Jack the Giant Slayer taking aim at the spot from 3,525 theaters for Warner Bros. Pictures. The fantasy adventure brings back X-Men helmer Bryan Singer, directing from the script by Jack Reacher's Christopher McQuarrie as well as Dan Studney and Darren Lemke. We weren't impressed with the film, slapping it with a below average rating of 2/5 in our review. That said, Rottentomatoes.com critics have it at 60% at this time. Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy, Ian McShane, Ewen Bremner, Eddie Marsan, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ralph Brown, Andrew Brooke and Ben Daniels star.
Relativity Media sends out their teen and younf adult-skewering 21 and Over comedy into 2,700 theaters. The film from The Hangover team of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore has, and unsurprisingly-enough, been hammered by critics thus far. Starring are Miles Teller, Justin Chon, Skylar Astin, Sarah Wright, Francois Chau,Jonathan Keltz, Daniel Booko and Dustin Ybarra.
CBS Films Horror The Last Exorcism: Part II starring Ashley Bell, under the direction of Ed Gass-Donnelly, opens in 2,700 theaters. The first film opened with $20 million back on August 27th, 2010, and the film shouldn't pose a threat to Giant Slayer come weekend box office estimate time.
Don't expect a hefty box office take from little-known Phantom from RCR Distribution, despite debuting in around 2,000 theaters, and holding a solid starring lineup of Ed Harris, David Duchovny, William Fichtner, Lance Henriksen, Johnathon Schaech, Sean Patrick Flanery and Jason Gray-Stanford. Lonely Hearts director Todd Robinson helms and scripts, and this looks like a pretty decent submarine thriller for the most part, despite the film being slammed with a 20% positive score at RT.
As far as limited openers go, Fox Searchlight Pictures' Stoker should turn in a big per-theater average from its miniscule 7 theater debut. We loved the film which marks the English-language debut of Old Boy director Park Chan-wook, giving it a perfect 5/5 score in our review. Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and Dermot Mulroney star.
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