‘Jack the Giant Slayer’ tops US box office

Jack and the Giant Slayer, also starring Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci and Bill Nighy, knocked down last weekend’s number one movie Identity Thief to second place.

The Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy comedy earned $9.7m, adding to its total earnings of $107m.

Two more new releases also made it to the top ten list – 21 and Over with $9m and The Last Exorcism Part II with $8m.

A Good Day to Die Hard, the latest instalment of the Die Hard franchise, slipped from five to nine with $4.5m. Its total earnings are now $59.6m.

The Bruce Willis action film debuted at the top spot when it was released three weeks ago, earning $25m.

Silver Linings Playbook remains the only award-winning film on the list. It took in $5.9m, which puts its total earnings at $115m.

Snitch, Escape From Planet Earth, Safe Haven and Dark Skies round out the top ten.

The top ten in full (studio estimates):
1. (-) Jack the Giant Slayer – $28 million
2. (1) Identity Thief – $9.7 million
3. (-) 21 and Over – $9 million
4. (-) The Last Exorcism Part II – $8 million
5. (2) Snitch – $7.7 million
6. (3) Escape From Planet Earth – $6.7 million
7. (4) Safe Haven – $6.3 million
8. (7) Silver Linings Playbook – $5.9 million
9. (5) A Good Day to Die Hard – $4.5 million
10. (6) Dark Skies – $3.5 million