It was a great and powerful weekend for James Franco, Mila Kunis and Sam Raimi.
Oz, the Great and Powerful, the origin story of the Wizard of Oz, flew to number one this weekend and brought some much-needed energy to the box office. The film earned over $80 million domestically and $150 million worldwide, easily the top-grossing film of the year so far. The family-friendly 3D piece also stars Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams (the blonde one!).
Warner Bros. own family-oriented retelling of a children's classic, Jack the Giant Slayer, continued to disappoint in its second week. Though the film, a re-imagination of Jack and the Giant Beanstalk, held on to second place, it grossed a meager $10 million, bringing the two-week total of the mega-budget adventure film to $43.8 million. Studio analysts were hoping for millions in the triple-digits by now.
Meanwhile, Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman's Identity Thief proved it still has legs by taking third place after five weeks in release. The film's domestic total comes to $116.5 million, a certified hit for an R-rated comedy. The film also stars T.I. and Morris Chestnut.
Terrence Howard's action thriller Dead Man Down fell flat with $5.4 million and fourth place, while Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Snitch rounded out the top five.
Next week Halle Berry's The Call goes up against The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, but will either film be able to defeat the wizardly Oz?
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