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Monday
Mar182013

"Oz the Great and Powerful" Tops Box Office Again with $42 Million

Disney Enterprises, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Oz the Great and Powerful held strong at number one at the weekend box office. The Wizard of Oz semi-prequel earned an estimated $42.2 million to top the competition for the second weekend in a row.

Halle Berry's thriller The Call debuted in the runner-up spot, collecting $17.1 million.

The magic-themed comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, opened in third place, with $10.3 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:

1. Oz the Great and Powerful, $42.2 million
2. The Call, $17.1 million
3. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, $10.3 million
4. Jack the Giant Slayer, $6.2 million
5. Identity Thief, $4.5 million
6. Snitch, $3.5 million
7. 21 and Over, $2.6 million
8. Silver Linings Playbook, $2.6 million
9. Safe Haven, $2.5 million
10. Escape From Planet Earth, $2.3 million

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Monday
Mar112013

"Oz the Great and Powerful" Debuts on Top with $80 Million

Disney Enterprises, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- There's no place like first place for Oz the Great and Powerful.

The semi-prequel to the classic film The Wizard of Oz triumphed at the box office over the weekend, earning an estimated $80.3 million.  It also made nearly $70 million overseas.

Oz the Great and Powerful, starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz, reportedly had a budget of $200 million.

Last week's top movie, Jack the Giant Slayer, slipped to second place, collecting $10 million.

The Colin Farrell thriller Dead Man Down opened in the fourth spot, with $5.3 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to Hollywood.com:

1. Oz the Great and Powerful, $80.3 million
2. Jack the Giant Slayer, $10 million
3. Identity Thief, $6.3 million
4. Dead Man Down, $5.3 million
5. Snitch, $5.1 million
6. 21 & Over, $5 million
7. Safe Haven, $3.8 million
8. Silver Linings Playbook, $3.7 million
9. Escape from Planet Earth, $3.2 million
10. The Last Exorcism Part II, $3.1 million

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Thursday
Feb142013

On Music and Monkeys in "Oz The Great and Powerful"

Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- On March 8, director Sam Raimi reveals his take on the world of The Wizard of Oz with his anticipated prequel Oz The Great and Powerful. The movie stars James Franco as the wizard to be, as well as Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz.

Fans of the original film will certainly recognize some familiar sights from the 1939 classic, but sound is another story. Acclaimed composer Danny Elfman, who worked on Spider-Man with Raimi, teamed up again with the filmmaker for Oz, and at the premiere of the film in Hollywood Wednesday night, Elfman told ABC News Radio they agreed to make this soundtrack something different.

"We very consciously did not invoke that, ever," Elfman said of the original Wizard of Oz music, "because this is its own thing."

And speaking of the original film, one of its classic creatures left an impression on Wayne Brady, who was on hand with his daughter Maile [Miley] to check out Raimi's prequel. Brady explained the original's flying monkeys used to freak him out.

"The monkeys are the scariest part," Brady said, to the disbelief of his daughter. "What, when I was a kid, don't judge me!" Brady joked.

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