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Jack the Giant Slayer and its monstrous $200 million budget stumbled out the gate yet still finished first at the North American box office this weekend by defeating fellow newcomers 21 and Over and The Last Exorcism Part II. While the top ten was up 6% from last weekend's sluggish totals, it was down a steep 39% from last year at this time when The Lorax stormed the box office with $70.2 million in its first three days of release.

Originally set to open during summer 2012 and ultimately delayed into a less favorable time of year, Jack the Giant Slayer found itself facing foes bigger than any CGI colossal could represent: a film that defied target marketing and audience apathy. The PG-13 fantasy directed by X-Men helmer Bryan Singer and starring Nicholas Hoult and Ewan McGregor was too dark and violent for families and too juvenile for older teens and young adults. Worse, pre-release awareness »

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