One new movie exceeds expectations, while another outright bombs in this weekend's box office.
Oz the Great and Powerful continues its strong run, coming in again at number 1 with $42 million. It took the film only two weeks to become this year's highest grossing film with $145 million. Next up is global dominance: the film has already grossed $281 million worldwide.
In fact, the film saw an uptick on Saturday, which is rare for R rated films. The Call has already exceeded its $13 million production budget, which is something a lot of this year's releases couldn’t say in their first weekend.
Speaking of flops, Warner Bros' The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (read our review) opened at number 3 with a very disappointing $10 million. A comedy starring Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey as rival magicians could have made for box office gold; that is, if this movie had been released about 10 years ago.
For Warner Bros., Burt Wonderstone is their second flop of March, and their fifth under-performing film of the year. After Jack the Giant Slayer, though, it's safe to say Burt Wonderstone doesn't look too bad.
Jack the Giant Slayer comes in at number 4 with $6.2 million, which brings its domestic total up to $53 million. Short of getting some sort of loan from Oz the Great and Powerful, there is no way this film will make back its $195 million budget.
Rounding out the top 5 is the former highest grossing film of 2013, Identity Thief, with $4.5 million. Now at $123 million, the film was the first to cross $100 million this year.
Coming in at number 6 is Snitch with $3.5 million. The film is now up to $37 million in domestic grosses.
Spots number 7 through 11 are separated by less than $1 million, so be prepared for the official order to fluctuate a bit, or not at all. Either way, early estimates have 21 and Over at number 7 with $2.6 million. The R rated, drunken comedy is ironically at $21 million in domestic grosses.
Silver Linings Playbook is the number 8 film this weekend with $2.5 million. David O. Russell's Oscar-nominated film is now at $124 million.
In at number 9 is Safe Haven with $2.4 million, which brings its domestic total up to $66 million. Safe Haven has now outgrossed its fellow Valentine's Day release, A Good Day to Die Hard, which has made $65 million over 5 weeks.
And finally, Escape from Planet Earth is this weekend's number 10 film with $2.3 million. Who would have thought this animated film would make it to a $52 million domestic total?
Outside the top 10: Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers grossed $270,000 on only 3 screens for a per-screen average of $90,000. The film, which stars James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, and Selena Gomez, has been making waves at this year's SXSW festival, and opens wide next weekend.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released Monday, March 18th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo
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