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!
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.
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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