“Immortals” Opens Strong, Tops Weekend Box Office

Immortals” dislodged “Puss in Boots” atop the North American box office with an estimated $32 million over the weekend, giving Hollywood a big jolt after a couple of slow weeks.

The opening weekend take of “Immortals,” which stars Mickey Rourke, Henry Cavill, and Freida Pinto, was better than Relativity Media’s projection of $26 million. Also opening strong was Adam Sandler’s “Jack and Jill” with $26 million. Despite its decent opening, “Jack and Jill” is still considered the lowest opening for a Sandler live-action comedy film since “Little Nicky” debuted with $16.1 million 11 years ago, according to CNN.

“Puss in Boots” jacked up its total to 108.8 million with $25.5 million in its third week. The animated film’s third-place finish came after two weeks of leading the North American box office. Eddie Murphy’s “Tower Heist” landed at fourth place with $13.2 million. Leonardo DiCaprio’s turn as first FBI director John Edgar Hoover in “J. Edgar” failed to impress at the box office as the film settled with an anemic $11.5 million for fifth place.

Rounding out the top ten were “A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas,” “In Time,” “Paranormal Activity 3,” “Footloose,” and “Real Steel.”