This weekend, Jack the Giant Slayer made giant news for being a, well…  “Giant” disappointment.  While racking Warner Bros. up a lofty $200,000,000+ price tag, the film made just north of $28,000,000 in its opening weekend.  The ticket sales were disappointing to say the least, especially considering that, quite honestly, there isn’t that much else in theaters right now worth seeing.  However, I’m still curious, how does it compare to the way things were exactly 15 years ago?  Take a look at the two box office charts below, and tell me when were movies better…  2013 or 1998?


Weekend ending 3/3/2013:

  1. Jack the Giant Slayer
  2. Identity Thief
  3. 21 and Over
  4. The Last Exorcism Part II
  5. Snitch
  6. Escape From Planet Earth
  7. Safe Haven
  8. Silver Linings Playbook
  9. A Good Day to Die Hard
  10. Dark Skies


Weekend ending 3/1/1998:

  1. Titanic
  2. The Wedding Singer
  3. Good Will Hunting
  4. Dark City
  5. As Good as it Gets
  6. Sphere
  7. Krippendorf’s Tribe
  8. Senseless
  9. The Borrowers
  10. Caught Up


Now, I don’t want to influence but one chart speaks to me FAR more than the other.  I don’t ALWAYS vote for the 90s list, but this one is cut and dry.  As Good as it Gets is probably one of my 20 favorite movies of all-time.  Titanic, while not one of my favorites, is probably the #1 favorite movie of many people reading this and is commercially one of the most successful films in the history of film (at the time it WAS the most successful movie in history).  I own and love one of Adam Sandler’s last great movies The Wedding Singer, and can’t argue that Good Will Hunting is a great movie.  The rest of the 1998 list is crap…  But pretty much ALL of the modern list is crap.  I saw FOUR of the films from the 1998 list in theaters, I’ve only seen ONE from the modern list, Safe Haven, and it was just OK in my opinon.  I don’t even really WANT to see any other of the modern films.  It’s 1998 hands down for me on this one.  Leave a comment if you agree or disagree!