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411 Box Office Report: Oz the Great and Powerful Opens Huge At #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.10.2013





Oz was indeed great and powerful, at least at the box office. Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful, the unofficial prequel to The Wizard of Oz opened with $80.2 million to dominate the box office and run away with the top spot. The Sam Raimi-directed film averaged $20,521 from 3,912 theaters, which is below the opening of the similarly-motifed Alice in Wonderland from 2010 but still above the $70 million that Disney was hoping for, meaning they will be quite pleased. The film added almost as much overseas, bringing its first-weekend worldwide total to $150.2 million. The film had a budget of $215 million.

Things were far less rosy for Jack the Giant Slayer, which followed up its soft opening last weekend by taking a huge hit from Oz. The film finished at #2 with $10 million, falling a fairly hefty 63% in its second weekend. The fantasy action-adventure has now grossed $43.8 million domestically and $57.1 million worldwide; its budget was $195 million and at this point the film will likely be an even bigger bomb than John Carter and Battleship last year.

Coming in at #3 was Identity Thief, which brought in $6.3 million in its fifth week. The Melissa McCarthy/Jason Bateman comedy now has a total of $116.5 million domestically and $118.7 million worldwide from a budget of $35 million.

Opening at #4 was Dead Man Down, which brought in $5.4 million in its opening weekend. The FilmDistrict/WWE Studios production averaged $2,445 from 2,188 theaters. The film's budget is estimated at $30 million.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Snitch was down just one spot in its third weekend to #5 with $5.1 million. The action drama has pulled in a total of $31.9 million; its budget isn't known.

21 & Over was down three spots in its second weekend, bringing in $5.1 million. That was a 42% drop, which is about right for teen party comedies. The R-rated comedy has a two-week total of $16.8 million and had a budget of $13 million.

Safe Haven held steady at #7 in its fourth weekend with $3.8 million. The Nicholas Sparks-based romantic drama has a total of $62.9 million domestically and $64.3 million worldwide from a budget of $28 million.

Silver Linings Playbook also held even, hanging at #8 in its seventeenth week with $3.7 million. The film has now grossed $120.7 million domestically and $192 million worldwide from a budget of $21 million.

The Weinstein Company's Escape From Planet Earth was down three spots to #9 in its fourth weekend with $3.2 million. The alien-themed family film has a total of $47.8 million domestically and $49.2 million worldwide from a budget of $40 million.

The Last Exorcism Part II took a fall in its second week, dropping six posts to #10 with $3.1 million. The film has grossed $12.1 million on a budget of just $5 million.

The weekend box office tally was $139.4 million, up 2% from last year's $136.9 million gross that was led by The Lorax's second weekend at $38.8 million and John Carter's $30.2 million opening.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN
1. Oz the Great and Powerful $80.2 million ($80.2 million)
2. Jack the Giant Slayer - $10 million ($43.8 million total)
3. Identity Thief - $6.3 million ($116.5 million total)
4. Dead Man Down - $5.4 million ($5.4 million (total)
5. Snitch - $5.1 million ($31.9 million total)
6. 21 & Over - $5.1 million ($16.8 million total)
7. Safe Haven - $3.8 million ($62.9 million total)
8. Silver Linings Playbook - $3.7 million ($120.7 million total)
9. Escape From Planet Earth - $3.2 million ($47.8 million total)
10. The Last Exorcism Part II - $3.1 million ($12.1 million total)





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