BOX OFFICE: Sam Raimi's OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Set For A $70 Million+ Weekend

You've read my review of Oz: The Great and Powerful (if you missed it, you can check it out by clicking HERE), but how is the Sam Raimi helmed prequel to The Wizard of Oz faring at the North American box office? Hit the jump for details!

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By Josh Wilding - 3/9/2013

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oz: The Great and Powerful is well on its way to earning an impressive $70 million this weekend in North America. With no serious competition (as expected, The Wizard of Oz prequel has left Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Slayer DOA with a 67% drop that resulted in a paltry $2.5 million take yesterday), some analysts are predicting that the Disney film could gross upwards of $80 million. The movie earned $24.1 million yesterday, and it looks set to become the third-best March opening of all time after last year's The Hunger Games and Alice in Wonderland the year before that. With a B+ CinemaScore and a budget north of $300 million, Disney will now be keeping an eye on how Oz: The Great and Powerful performs internationally before a sequel is guaranteed! Read my review of the movie by clicking HERE.






"Oz The Great and Powerful" imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.


STARRING:

James Franco as Oscar Diggs/Oz
Mila Kunis as Theodora
Michelle Williams as Glinda the Good Witch
Rachel Weisz as Evanora
Zach Braff as Frank and Finley
Joey King as China Girl
Abigail Spencer as Mrs. Hamilton
Ted Raimi as Skeptic/Tinker
Tony Cox as Knuck
Tim Holmes as The Strong Man

RELEASE DATE: Out now!


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TheSuperguy - 3/9/2013, 9:27 AM
Sounds good! May have to check this out. Sounds like it could be the first real big movie of 2013.
RorMachine - 3/9/2013, 9:39 AM
The more I think about it the less I like it. Completely forgettable eye candy.
defenderofthefaith - 3/9/2013, 9:49 AM
@Ror

Sounds like you are trying to talk yourself out of liking it. I saw it and liked it. Of all the good things about this film Rachel Weisz is the one that stands out the best.
Canon38 - 3/9/2013, 10:06 AM
If it weren't for James Falco, i would have rushed to see this film... oh btw. Tachel Weisz for Scarlet Witch and James Marsters for Quicksilver.
eleven59 - 3/9/2013, 10:20 AM
"Footsteps" Falco?
Ramiel - 3/9/2013, 10:36 AM
Isn't this below the $80-100 million it was projected to make?
thewonderer - 3/9/2013, 10:38 AM
James Falco

Tachel Weisz
GUNSMITH - 3/9/2013, 11:18 AM
I LOVED IT..I COULD DEFINITELY WATCH A SEQUEL AND SEE WHERE RAIMI TAKES IT..
JoeMomma29 - 3/9/2013, 11:33 AM
Saw the movie yesterday and I must say it was actually good. It was a little slow at first but a good story and I like how they explained or showed how the bad witches became who they were. Also they hinted where the scarecrow and tin man's came from.
Nick56 - 3/9/2013, 12:16 PM
I enjoyed the film
BanthaSkull - 3/9/2013, 1:33 PM
Very enjoyable movie......going to go see it again on IMAX.
sameoldthing - 3/9/2013, 3:34 PM
Great eye candy film...fun for all ages. Nothing very memorable,give it a "B" rating.
MisterNiceGuy - 3/9/2013, 4:47 PM
The only tolerable character in the movie was the little china girl
ScionStorm - 3/9/2013, 4:58 PM
Beautiful to look at. Disappointing story-wise. And per Sam Raimi it swung back and forth from horrifying to cutely funny with no gradient in between.

The China Girl was literally the only character I cared about in the entire film.
MisterNiceGuy - 3/9/2013, 5:03 PM
ScionStorm, I felt the same way about the china girl
EdgyOutsider - 3/9/2013, 5:18 PM
It was pretty good. The best thing about the movie was, James Franco. Mila Kunis gave a weak performance, unbelievable and VERY forgetable. Not to mention the CGI, it was terrible for the most part. It's not one I will remember in a month or two time. It's pretty good but also forgetable. If I were any of you who haven't seen it, just wait for the dvd.
MisterNiceGuy - 3/9/2013, 5:23 PM
James Franco and Mila's performances were shit too. I found myself the replacing JF with RDJ in my mind the entire time. Michelle Williams gave the best performance in the movie IMO
SamHell - 3/9/2013, 11:47 PM
riseofloganX36 - 3/10/2013, 3:37 PM
I loved it really good movie. Mella still looked hot all green.

UNTIL next time TRUE BELIEVERS!
riseofloganX36 - 3/10/2013, 3:44 PM
Who gives a shit about performence. The Cgi was great it was a fun movie all around.

If you like haveing a good fun tim and not bitch about dumb stupid shit like acting, cause it's not that kind of you will injoy your self.

If you have a stick up your ass and bitch about everything then don't see it.

Great fun movie.

UNTIL next time TRUE BELIEVERS!

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