Fee-fi-fo-fum — Hollywood smells the blood of a box office bum.
No new release is poised to make a major splash at theaters this weekend. "21 & Over," the R-rated teen comedy from the writers of
Based on the classic fairytale, "Jack the Giant Slayer" centers on a young farmhand caught in a war with an army of giants. Co-financed by
The film was originally set for release last June but was postponed because the filmmakers needed more time to complete the digital effects.
Even if the picture generates strong word-of-mouth, it will have to face off against another family film next weekend —
Warner Bros. is banking on "Jack" performing well overseas, where it seems to be generating a decent amount of interest, particularly in Russia and the United Kingdom. This weekend, the film debuts in Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan but will open in most major international markets in mid-March.
"21 and Over" is the directorial debut for Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, who also co-wrote the film. The movie shares a handful of similiarities with the raunchy comedy that made the duo successful — 2009's "The Hangover." Both films follow three guys over the course of a drunken night full of debauchery, but "21 & Over" is set on a college campus while "The Hangover" takes place at a Las Vegas bachelor party.
The movie features three new young actors, Miles Teller,
The sequel, not screened in advance of its release for critics, follows a young women (
Meanwhile, it's unlikely that any of last weekend's Oscar winners will see huge bumps at the box office because the majority of them have been in release for at least two months.