The Mortal Instruments Opens with $3 Million

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the latest supernatural film property based on a best-selling YA book series, debuted at No. 1 Wednesday with a tepid $3 million.

Starring Lily Collins as a girl who discovers she's part of a secret order of half-angel warriors, the supernatural pic is on course for a five-day debut in the $15 million range. It earned a B+ CinemaScore.

This weekend, City of Bones will have to battle Edgar Wright's dark comedy The World's End, headlined by Simon Pegg andNick Frost, and horror pic You're Next, which both open on Friday.

City of Bones is a major gamble for Germany's Constantin Films, which financed and produced the $60 million movie. Sony's Screen Gems acquired U.S. rights to the title, the first in a planned franchise. If it does prove soft in the U.S., Constantin is hoping to make up the difference overseas.

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I don't have anything snarky to say. I can't say I'm surprised. Let's see what it means for the planned sequel.