Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful," prequel of the "Wizard of Oz," topped the box office this weekend with a total of $80.3 million in domestic sales and $69.9 million in overseas markets, making a grand total of $150 million. The film cost Disney $200 million, but it will not take long for the film to bypass its original costs.
"Jack the Giant Slayer" earned another $10 million, placing second place at the box office, but has come nowhere close to earning its $130 million budget. "Identity Theft" is still going strong in third place this weekend, earning a total gross of $117 million in its fifth week out in theaters. The only Oscar-winning film placing in the top ten is "Silver Linings Playbook," as it is in eighth place this weekend.
Next weekend the comedy starring Steve Carell and Jim Carrey "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and the Halle Berry's new thriller "The Call" will be released to try to pounce on the box office success of "Oz the Great and Powerful."
All box office related statistics come from imdb.com.
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Whatever your movie choice this week, please remember your movie theater etiquette: silence your cell phones and no texting, please don't talk during the film and remove your children if they become a distraction to other audience members. Don't forget that laughing, crying and cheering are always approved behavior and even encouraged.
-Kay Shackleton is a film historian with special focus on Silent Films, see her work at SilentHollywood.com