People were still off to see the Wizard this weekend as "Oz The Great and Powerful" wins again, easily. But, how powerful is it really?
Taking one more look at "Oz" and it looks like it isn't really burning up the box office. For "Oz" to be truly great and powerful it needed bigger opening weekend numbers. So, the movie may be power but it is not so great - or the other way around, if you will.
The comedy with Jim Carrey and Steve Carell was not going to beat it out, either. It would have taken a great deal of magical power for "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" to compete. In fact, it could only conjure up third place, behind another newcomer, "The Call." It was actually Halle Berry doing better than Carrey, Carell and Steve Buscemi. It was a tale of two stories for the newcomers. One did better than expected in "The Call" and other did worse in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." If the name of a movie matters at all, the comedy falls into one of those bad titles list.
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
The last report noted "Spring Breakers" and the odd roll out. It is picking up more theaters as it gets ready to go wider Friday, but this past weekend, it opened in 3 theaters (it lost one along the way) and took in $90,000 per screen. That is nothing to sneeze at. With a number like that look for it to pick up even more theaters as the week goes on. It may be one of those movies people will go to and not admit they did.
Taking a look at Oscar nominated films, only "Silver Linings Playbook" has a big theater count still, 1,602. All the others are in less than 1,000. Best picture winners is still showing in 540.
Then there is that matter or Iran vs "Argo." Huh? That is like the U.S. government launching an investigation over "Zero Dark Thirty" or any other movie with similar subject matter. Hollywood is entertainment and to have it enter politics like that is a waste of time. One would be hard-pressed to find any movie that does not play loosely with facts. To sue or investigate them would be a job that would never end.