By Bill Wine

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A sword-and-sandals epic climbed to the box-office Mount Olympus over the weekend.

The 3D fantasy-thriller, Immortals, based on ancient Greek mythology, finished in first place on its debut weekend, earning an estimated $32-million.

Second place belonged to the debuting Adam Sandler comedy, Jack and Jill.  It took in a solid $26-million.

Close behind in third was the ticket-selling leader of the past two weekends, Puss in Boots, which took in just under $26-million.

The holdover caper comedy, Tower Heist, was fourth with $13-million.

Rounding out the top five was the weekend’s third new mainstream release, J. Edgar, Clint Eastwood’s bio-drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover.  It earned just over $11-million.

Overall, it was the healthiest box-office performance in several months, with industry-wide totals well ahead of last year’s pace on the equivalent weekend.

Reported by Bill Wine, KYW Newsradio 1060

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