March is here. Last year saw “The Hunger Games” and “The Lorax” hit it big while films like “Wrath of the Titans” disappointed. This week, Bryan Singer’s “Jack the Giant Slayer”, “21 and Over”, “The Last Exorcism Part II” and “Phantom” all hit theaters. Will any break out?

“Jack the Giant Slayer” has the most potential to. But several factors will keep this from becoming a true blockbuster like a “300”. First is there is no real big name actors in it. Second the marketing campaign has been dreadful. That’s especially important since it was delayed from last summer, which already gives it a bad stigma. But the trailers played up this tongue-and-cheek humor, which really is awkward in the trailers. The giants don’t look all that impressive. And despite the promise of some action scenes, I think most people will wait for “Oz the Great and Powerful”.

Opening weekend: $25-30 million

For “21 and Over”, all I’m going to say is I hope this film bombs. A film like “Cloud Atlas” that had actors and actresses playing different races and in different roles bombs. So this better too. You want to talk about racial stereotyping? This film is pathetic. End of story.

Opening weekend: (Unfortunately) $10-15 million

“The Last Exorcism” was a surprise hit.  But a few things work against it. The first is that horror sequels generally always make less than the original. And it has a lot more competition.

Opening weekend: $7-12 million.

“Phantom”, despite starring the talented Ed Harris, won’t make much of a splash. Maybe a couple million.

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