Number 1Still on top during the week, since its release, ‘Jack the Giant Slayer‘ (WB/NL) leads by a great margin the top 10 during the week. ‘Identity Thief‘ (Uni.) trails by over $20M at #2, ‘21 and Over‘ (Rela.) a close #3, ‘Snitch‘ (LG/S) just behind it at #4, and, widening the gap a bit, ‘The Last Exorcism Part II‘ (CBS) nearly ties with ‘Safe Haven‘ for #5. The cute and spunky, ‘Escape from Planet Earth‘ (Wein.) flies into #7, with the ballroom dancing, awkward, couple at #8, an explosive father-and-son reunion at #9, and ‘Dark Skies‘ (W/Dim.) finishes the top 10.

New, this week, ‘Stoker‘ (FoxS) disappoints and lands at #33, followed by ‘The Attacks of 26/11‘ (Eros) just behind at #34, and the much talked about, ‘A Place at the Table‘ (Magn.) at #39. Several others joined the list outside of the top 50, including, the documentary ‘Leviathan (2013)‘ (CGold) at #60 and the, touching, dramatic story ‘War Witch‘ (Trib.) written and directed by Kim Nguyen at #61. Internationally, there is a jumble of titles, none more than the other, and always changing with each new release.

Blowing away all competition for the weekend’s #1 place, ‘Oz the Great And Powerful‘ (BV) sets a new record of premiere attendances for 2013. Jack takes #2, the comedy about stolen identities #3, new release, ‘Dead Man Down‘ (FD) featuring Noomi Rapace and Colin Farrell jumps up the charts to #4, with ‘Snitch‘ in at #5. Falling 3, ’21 and Over’ is #6 at the weekend box office, followed by ‘Safe Haven‘, ‘Silver Linings Playbook‘, ‘Escape From Planet Earth‘, and, dropping five places, ‘The Last Exorcism Part II‘ clears the top 10.

New release, ‘Emperor‘ (RAtt.) lands at #15, starring Matthew Fox, Colin Moy, and Tommy Lee Jones. From IFC, ‘Beyond the Hills‘ places at #39, just ahead of ‘Like Someone in Love‘ (IFC), and two new releases, ‘The We and the I‘ (Pala.), a drama depicting the lives of high schoolers on the last day of school, and ‘The Silence‘ (MBox), a dramatic foreign thriller about a crime committed long ago coming back to manifest in the present.

A lot of releases are still coming, and it’s just the beginning of March. The comedy, comedies having done well thus far, ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,’ starring Steve Carrell, is expected to place within the top 10 for a few weeks, and ‘The Croods,’ a more family friendly film about life back in the days, and its complexities. Dramas like, the much talked about, ‘Spring Breakers‘ and ‘The Call‘ are expected to either do very well or bomb at the box office, many doubting the big names can cover up the weak story lines. Upcoming actions include, ‘Olympus Has Fallen‘ on the 22nd and ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘ on the 28th.

Rank Title Studio
1 Oz The Great And Powerful Disney
2 Jack the Giant Slayer Warner Bros/New Line
3 Identity Thief Universal
4 Dead Man Down FilmDistrict
5 Snitch Lionsgate/Summit
6 21 And Over Relativity
7 Safe Haven Relativity
8 Silver Linings Playbook Weinstein
9 Escape From Planet Earth Weinstein
10 The Last Exorcism Part II CBS Films

Happy movie watching this week!