The good news is Jack the Giant Slayer, directed by X-Men and Superman Returns filmmaker Bryan Singer, easily bested the competition to win the box office weekend with $28 million. Unfortunately, the movie is saddled with an estimated $195 million budget, which means this special effects laden vehicle is pretty much dead on arrival. This is the second bomb for Warner Bros. this year, as Jack the Giant Slayer was preceded by the witch drama turkey Beautiful Creatures.
The $35 million budgeted Identity Thief has overachieved, as it landed at #2 with $9.7 million. To date, the comedy has an overall domestic haul of over $107 million. 21 and Over, although costing just $13 million, performed below expectations with a $9 million debut. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. Jack the Giant Slayer – $28 million
2. Identity Thief – $9.7 million
3. 21 and Over – $9 million
* 21 and Over star Justin Chon recalls one of his more embarrassing drunken moments. To hear the story, click on the media bar:
Opening Friday, 21 and Over centers on a dude (Justin Chon) who, despite having a big interview the following morning, goes on a drinking and partying binge with his buddies (Miles Teller, Skylar Astin) to celebrate his 21st birthday.
The picture, directed by The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, should do solid business this weekend and appeal to the raging, irresponsible social animal in all of us (“us” meaning those over 21 of course).
During the 21 and Over press junket, Chon and Teller recalled some embarrassing moments they’ve had after having one too many brews. Chon’s story is definitely memorable, as he recalled trying to spell his name with his member. Click on the media bar to hear the actors share a few alcohol induced memories:
The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore attempt to prove their directing mettle as they both are behind the camera for the highly anticipated teen comedy 21 and Over. Although the trailers heavily feature the male leads (Miles Teller, Skylar Astin, Justin Chon), the film also lets other actors have their moment in the sun. Actress Sarah Wright, who plays a playfully sarcastic girl who bonds with Casey (Astin), is pretty psyched she landed this surprisingly meaty part (she says her character ends up being “one of the group”).
“Normally they give roles like this to name-ier girls,” said Wright, whose credits include stints on Parks and Recreation and the short-lived series Mad Love. “If there is a role this big and a script this great, you’re going to lose out to someone who already has a name and I later found out (from the directors) that’s not what they wanted. They wanted to find what they thought were the best people for the roles and they wanted to make a movie not just necessarily with people who had a name but with who they exactly wanted.”
(L-R: Skylar Astin, Sarah Wright, Miles Teller)
To hear Sarah Wright and co-star Skylar Astin talk about landing their respective roles in 21 and Over (Astin actually shot this movie before Pitch Perfect), click on the media bar below:
Opening March 1st, 21 and Over centers on a college student (Justin Chon) who decides to celebrate his 21st birthday with his closest friends (Miles Teller, Skylar Austin). Although he has a medical exam ahead of him, the senior still is roped into a rather raucous evening.
“They’re great comedic writers,” says Chon of 21 And Over directors Jon Lucas and John Moore, who are the scribes behind The Hangover. “It’s always cool to have the directors be the writers also because they can re-write stuff on the fly and they’re funny so they would give (us) alternative lines and sometimes they’re way funnier than what’s written.”
At the 21 and Over, Justin Chon and Miles Teller talked about how they celebrated their own 21st birthdays. Click on the media bar below to hear Chon and Teller recount their stories: