3 March 2013 11:38 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The month of March got off to a terrible start this weekend thanks to disappointing debuts from Jack the Giant Slayer, 21 and Over and The Last Exorcism Part II. The Top 12 earned a meager $94.4 million, which is off a whopping 38 percent from last year.At 3,525 locations, Jack the Giant Slayer took first place with an estimated $28.01 million. That's lower than nearly all comparable titles, including last March's John Carter ($30.2 million); it hurts even more considering the movie wound up costing nearly $200 million. A tiny silver lining is the fact that it experienced a huge jump on Saturday (up 56 percent), which suggests it could hang on better than its similar movies. Making an expensive, violent, CGI-heavy adaptation of a children's fable was always a risky proposition, and as a result Jack the Giant Slayer has been plagued with issues for years. It was originally scheduled to open last June with the title Jack the Giant Killer, »


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