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Immortals enjoys $68 million world-wide debut


Story by Jack Foley

TARSEM Singh’s 3D action-epic Immortals has taken a whopping $68 million world-wide in its debut weekend and shot straight to the top of the US box office.

The Greek mythology action-adventure stars Henry Cavill, the new Superman, as well as Freida Pinto and received a decidedly mixed critical reaction. But buoyed by 300 comparisons, Singh’s movie opened strong.

In the US, it took $32 million to comfortably place ahead of new releases such as Adam Sandler’s Jack & Jill and Clint Eastwood’s J Edgar.

While internationally, including the UK, it grossed another $36 million to confirm its box office appeal.

Back in the US, Jack & Jill (which finds Sandler playing dual roles alongside Katie Holmes and Al Pacino) opened to an estimated $26 million, just ahead of animated holdover Puss in Boots, which took an estimated $25.5 million.

But that could yet change as box office observers say the final positions won’t be decided until Monday morning given the closeness.

Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar biopic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, got off to a solid start thanks to support from older viewers, grossing an estimated $11.5 million to finish in fifth spot, just behind comedy-action holdover Tower Heist.

Immortals figure will come as a particular boost to its US distributor, Relativity Media, in that it marks the third highest R-rated opening of the year after The Hangover Part 2 ($85 million) and “Paranormal Activity 3/gallery/paranormal-activity-3-photo-gallery ($52 million).

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