Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

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March 4th, 2013

Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

"Jack the Giant Slayer" was a giant success at the box office during its opening weekend, bringing in $28,010,000. Nicholas Hoult stars as Jack, a young farmhand who does not expect his life to be very interesting. As it turns out, Jack will play a key role in saving his kingdom from the threat of vengeful and hostile giants. Along the way, he may win the heart of a princess. "Jack the Giant Slayer" has a PG-13 rating for fantasy violence, frightening images, and brief language.

"21 And Over" earned $9,000,000, taking third place in overall box office rankings. Jeff has worked hard all his life to please his strict parents. When his twenty-first birthday and a major med school interview happen to coincide, Jeff's reckless friends convince him to celebrate anyway. After the night spirals out of control, Jeff's friends have to work hard to undo the damage. The film's R rating is due to graphic nudity, crude content, drug use, drinking, and language.

"The Last Exorcism Part II" brought in $8,030,000 during its first weekend in theaters. After escaping a terrifying situation, Nell just wants to rebuild her life and try to move beyond her disturbing past. She finds a job and a home in New Orleans, but strange signs start to add up, reminding Nell that she can never outrun the evil force that already claimed her once before. The disturbing horror movie has a PG-13 rating for horror violence, language, and terror.

Continuing Films

"Identity Thief" stayed near the top of box office rankings, bringing in $9,700,000. Sandy Patterson never expected that his life would come to a screeching halt because of identity theft, but after he becomes the target of a wily thief, he sets out to bring her to justice. Unfortunately for Sandy, the thief will go to great lengths to maintain her cushy lifestyle. Overall, the film has brought in more than $107 million. The R rating is due to mature content and language.

"Snitch" earned $7,700,000 during the weekend of March 1, bringing total profits to over $24 million. When a young man ends up behind bars for a crime he did not commit, he turns to his father for help. His father is willing to do anything to help free his son, including going undercover in the DEA to bring the true criminals to justice. "Snitch" has a PG-13 rating for drug content and violence.

"Escape from Planet Earth" has earned $6,726,000, with overall earnings of more than $43 million. Scorch and Gary Supernova are brothers with a system worked out: Gary is the brains, while Scorch is the brawn. Scorch gets all the praise and attention, but after he answers a distress call, he ends up in a distressing situation himself. Now, Gary has to rise to the challenge. Mild rude humor and action contribute to the film's PG rating.

Movies to DVD

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" arrived out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Saturday, March 2. After Bella and Edward welcome their new daughter, they have to adapt to a host of new changes. Bella is now a vampire, and when dark forces threaten her daughter's well-being, she is willing to fight to protect Renesmee. Meanwhile, Bella also has to deal with changing relationships and difficult decisions. The final installment in the "Twilight Saga" has a PG-13 rating for partial nudity, sensuality, and violence that involves disturbing images.

"Wreck-It Ralph" comes to DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, March 5. Wreck-It Ralph is an arcade villain who just wants to be the hero for once. Determined to prove his worth, he escapes his own game and ventures into unknown territory. However, Ralph's eagerness to become a hero ends up causing more trouble than he could have anticipated. He is not sure he can fix things again. The fun and family-friendly movie has a PG rating for mild action and violence, as well as rude humor.

"Red Dawn" is a remake of the popular 1984 war movie. When hostile North Korean forces invade American soil, a small group of high school students decide to take matters into their own hands. Dubbing themselves the Wolverines, the guerilla warriors will do whatever it takes to regain their freedoms and protect their loved ones. The film's PG-13 rating is due to language and intense war violence and action sequences.

"Playing for Keeps" stars Gerard Butler as George, a soccer player who has seen better days and now has to take serious stock of his life. As an attempt to win his ex-wife's good graces and grow closer to his son, George agrees to become a coach for the youth soccer league. The PG-13 rating is due to language, mature situations, and a brief intense image.