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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Oz’ Still Reigns Supreme

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For the second week in a row, ‘Oz the Great and Powerful‘ lived up to its title and dominated the box office. One of the newcomers managed to fare surprisingly well in the face of Sam Raimi’s blockbuster…but another simply got crushed.

Film Weekend Per Screen
1 Oz the Great and Powerful $42,222,000 (-46.6) $10,793 $145,026,000
2 The Call $17,100,000 $6,821 $17,100,000
3 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone $10,305,000 $3,621 $10,305,000
4 Jack the Giant Slayer $6,220,000 (-36.8) $1,853 $53,913,000
5 Identity Thief $4,519,000 (-28.7)
$1,590 $123,706,000
6 Snitch $3,500,000 (-31.3) $1,487 $37,257,000
7 21 and Over $2,619,000 (-48.6) $1,080 $21,868,000
8 Silver Linings Playbook $2,587,000 (-28.5) $1,615 $124,613,000
9 Safe Haven $2,495,000 (-33.5) $1,131 $66,953,000
10 Escape From Planet Earth $2,327,000 (-27.7) $1,052 $52,166,000

 

With a $42 million second week and a $145 million total haul so far, ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ effortlessly flew past ‘Identity Thief‘ to become the highest grossing film of 2013 so far. Although the drop was big, that’s typical for a film of this size. Generally, audiences seem to be embracing the film and $200 million should be pretty easy at this point. $250 million is a maybe. $300 million if there’s a miracle.

In second place, the Halle Berry thriller ‘The Call‘ opened to a solid $17 million, which isn’t bad at all for a film that no one seemed particularly excited about. That’s a nice boon for Halle Berry (who really hasn’t had a hit in forever) and director Brad Anderson, who may have enough clout to return to the world of indie horror filmmaking and get some real movies made.

The big bomb of the week can be found in slot number three. Despite a case that includes Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, ‘The Incredible Burt Wonderstone‘ opened with a dismal $10 million, proving that audiences just weren’t that keen on watching a comedy about dueling Las Vegas magicians. Suddenly, Carell is betting his life on ‘Anchorman 2′ and Carrey is betting his on ‘Kick-Ass 2.’

Outside of the new stuff, the box office continued to be something of a wasteland, with the past month’s releases just hanging out because there haven’t been enough new movies to push them out of the way yet. Amongst them, only ‘Silver Linings Playbook‘ and ‘Identity Thief’ can be called a true hits and both of them are just about running on fumes at this point (although the former’s staying power has been a sight to behold). This is all especially embarrassing for ‘A Good Day to Die Hard,’ which has exited the top ten and has been officially outgrossed by ‘Safe Haven.’ That’s gotta’ sting.

Next week, ‘Admission’ and ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ will enter the fray. Can we place our bets on ‘Oz’ again?

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