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Weekend Box Office Report: Oz's Power is Great

– by Philip Sticco

ozthegreat-ss It's no big surprise that Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great and Powerful was number one at the box office this weekend. Just about every prognosticator had the flick at the top spot with around $80 million. As it turns out they were right on the money, so to speak.

Raimi's origin story starring James Franco in the title role entered the race at number one with $80.2 million. Not too shabby at all.

Last week's number one flick, Jack the Giant Slayer, fell 63.2% and finished it's second weekend with a meager $10 million. Something tells me director Bryan Singer and star Nicholas Hoult are going to leave Jack behind them and go right into next summer's highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past. Who can blame them?

Coming in at number three we have Identity Thief with $6.3 million. The R-rated comedy is now at $116.5 million domestic. Is there any wonder a sequel is in the works?

Colin Farrell took the fourth spot with another disappointing opening weekend. His new thriller, Dead Man Down, only managed $5.3 million. Audiences just can't seem to get behind Farrell as a leading man. Maybe he needs to focus on more indie fare, or possibly some strong supporting roles like he had in Horrible Bosses?

Snitch, starring Dwayne Johnson, was number five with $5.1 million. It's domestic total is now $31.8 million.

Have a look at the chart below for the rest of the Top Ten.

1. Oz: The Great and Powerful $80.2 million
2. Jack the Giant Slayer $10 million
3. Identity Thief $6.3 million
4. Dead Man Down $5.3 million
5. Snitch $5.1 million
6. 21 and Over $5 million
7. Safe Haven $3.8 million
8. Silver Linings Playbook $3.7 million
9. Escape from Planet Earth $3.2 million
10. The Last Exorcism Part II $3.1 million

SOURCE: Box Office Mojo

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