BOX OFFICE: OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Closing In On A Worldwide Cume Of $250 Million
That sequel we've heard rumblings about is now looking extremely likely as Sam Raimi's Oz: The Great And Powerful has managed to hold on to the top spot at the North American box office, while also increasing its international cume over the past week. Read on for details!
Despite facing off against new releases such as The Call and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Oz: The Great And Powerful has managed to hold on to the #1 spot at the North American box office this weekend. With some kids out of school this past week, it performed steadily over the past five days, with a current total of $144.9 million (a number which includes $11.4 million on Friday and the projected $42 million for the next two days). It took only six days for The Wizard of Oz prequel to cross $100 million; a result that Disney are very pleased with. "We benefited by the fact that that we were the first big event film which had the halo effect of people talking about it over the weekend and wanting to go see it if they didn’t have the chance," said one studio exec. Internationally, the film crossed $100 million on Friday, giving it a current worldwide cume of $245 million. Read my review of Oz: The Great and Powerful 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.
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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