Box Office: Oz is Powerful, Dead Man Down for the Count

Rachel Weisz in Oz - The Great and Powerful (2013) Movie Character PosterSam Raimi’s “Oz The Great and Powerful” opened big with $80 million over the weekend according to studio estimates, easily taking the #1 spot over fellow studio newcomer “Dead Man Down”, which disappointed in fourth place in its debut with $5.3 million. “Dead Man Down”, the Hollywood debut of director Niels Arden Oplev, who re-teams with his “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” star Noomi Rapace on the film, just barely beat out Dwayne Johnson’s “Snitch” for the #4 spot, which in its third week dropped down one spot to #5 with a $5.1 million weekend.

“Dead Man Down” stars Colin Farrell, who I think it’s safe to say will never, ever be able to open a movie. If you’re a Hollywood studio exec and you expect Colin Farrell to open your movie for you, you apparently do not like your job as a bigshot Hollywood studio exec. Farrell’s last three films in which he had top billing — “Seven Psychopaths”, “Total Recall” and “Fright Night” — have all floundered at the box office, with only “Total Recall” surpassing the $100 million mark, thanks to overseas box office where big-budget action films usually do well regardless of the star.

Raimi’s “Oz The Great and Powerful”, on the other hand, did what most industry insiders expected, and thanks to 3D screenings, brought in $80 million domestically in its debut for Disney. The film also tacked on an extra $70 million from the foreign box office, where 3D films are all the rage. Despite a bloated $215 million budget, “Oz” should continue to rake in the cash in the coming weeks, especially when it starts opening in more and more 3D-obsessed foreign territories. It’s probably not going to do “Alice in Wonderland” like business (that one had Johnny Depp, while “Oz” had to make due with James Franco), but there’s probably a reason for Disney to feel optimistic about getting to work on that “Oz The Great and Powerful” sequel.

In limited release, Tommy Lee Jones’ “Emperor” opened in 15th place, while last week’s #1, Bryan Singer’s big-budget fantasy epic “Jack the Giant Slayer” hit a snag and fell to second place with $10 million. That gives the film $66 million worldwide in two weeks, and unless it really, really picks up in foreign territories in the coming weeks, Singer and Warner are looking at, possibly, the biggest flop of 2013. It doesn’t help that the film is saddled with a ridiculous $195 million budget and its biggest star is director Bryan Singer.

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Via : Box Office Mojo