Jack the Giant Slayer
|Budget: $195 million||Financed by: Warner Bros; Legendary|
|Domestic Gross: $65,187,603||Domestic Distributor: Warner Bros|
|Overseas Gross: $132,500,000||
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Produced by: Neal H. Moritz
Jack The Giant Slayer was co-financed by Warner Bros’ New Line division and Legendary. Expensive reshoots ballooned an already monstrous budget to at least $195 million and Jack The Giant Slayer would end as one of the biggest box office disasters on record. The picture was originally set to be released on June 15, 2012 but post production was slowed down from the ever troubled visual effects company Digital Domain. The cash stressed VFX house foolishly underbid to get the vfx heavy film and then found themselves in over their head and barely able to pay most of their employees to work on it, which the vfx artists aptly named ‘Jack the Company Killer‘. Digital Domain also used new software and techniques on the Jack The Giant Slayer, which ended up not working and many scenes had to be redone. The vfx mess caused the picture to be pushed back to March 22, 2013. Digital Domain would continue bad ideas and worse management in 2013 when they contributed to the budget of the flop Ender’s Game and found themselves ruined and sold off.
Warner Bros then pushed the pic forward to March 1, 2013 which was just one week before Oz The Great And Powerful opened and the Oz movie was tracking strong and competing for the same auds as Jack The Giant Slayer. Reviews were mixed and tracking was pointing to a troubling mid to high $20 million weekend. It was booked into 3,525 theaters and bowed against 21 And Over, The Last Exorcism Part II and Phantom. It pulled in $27,202,226 — winning the weekend at the box office. Predictably, Oz The Great And Powerful siphoned much of Jack‘s audience and it sank 63.8% to $9,839,135. Jack The Giant Slayer closed its domestic run with $65,187,603.
Overseas, the film pulled in mediocre numbers in most territories and grossed $132.5 million. The worldwide cume was $197.6 million, which would return about $108.6 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross — which would almost cover just the global P&A expenses, but the theatrical receipts would not put a dent in the budget. Director Brian Singer would find box office redemption the following year with X-Men: Days of Future Past.