Walt Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful continued to rule the weekend box office both domestically and internationally in its second week of release. Weekend estimates have the Sam Raimi directed fantasy film pulling in over $42 million domestically over the weekend. Additionally, estimates have the prequel to The Wizard of Oz grossing nearly an additional $137 million internationally in two weeks of release. With over $281 million in box office receipts in its opening weekend, talk has already begun for a sequel that would possibly bring back James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz for a follow up.
Finishing in second place was The Call with Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin. The suspense thriller exceeded pretty much everyone’s expectations with a weekend haul of over $17 million. With a budget of only $13 million, the film is already in the profit range.
In third place was the comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Steve Carell and Jim Carrey. The film failed to make a connection with movie goers and brought in only $10.3 million in its first week of release. The comedy, which cost over $30 million to produce, performed will below expectations.
Former number one film, Jack the Giant Slayer, took another huge drop in box office receipts, dropping to fourth place. Grossing just over $6.2 million in its third week of release and with a budget that is reportedly in excess of $200 million, Jack seems unlikely to earn back its budget on domestic receipts alone.
Continuing to exceed everyone’s expectations in its fifth week of release, Identity Thief continued to show that it still has legs. The comedy, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, finished in fifth place with over $4.5 million. Talks of a sequel have already begun at Universal.
Next week, with the NCAA Basketball Tournament in full swing, Hollywood will limit their releases with the only majors releases being Spring Breakers with Selena Gomez and James Franco, Admission with Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, The Croods with the voice talents Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds, and Olympus Has Fallen with Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. All films will open in theaters across the country on Friday.