Oz The Great and Powerful by far the best showing of 2013 to date.
29 April, 2013
Domestic: $224,099,056 46.8%
+ Foreign: $254,800,000 53.2%
= Worldwide: $478,899,056
Fifth weekend 7th place
Total Lifetime Grosses
Domestic: $212,606,952 46.8%
+ Foreign: $241,300,000 53.2%
= Worldwide: $453,906,952
Oz The Great and Powerful, fourth weekend, rounded out the Top Five with $11.7 million, which is off 46 percent from last weekend. It’s now grossed $198.4 million, and in the next day or two it will become the first 2013 movie to pass $200 million.
Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful jumped the $400 million in its fourth weekend of play at the global box office. The tentpole, placing No. 5 in North America, has now earned $198.3 million domestically and $214 million internationally for a total $412.3 million, by far the best showing of 2013 to date. The term tent-pole refers to a motion picture expected to hold up (as is the function of a tent pole) and balance out the financial performance of a movie studio.
Down two spots to third place, Disney’s $215 million Sam Raimi-directed adventure Oz The Great and Powerful fell 47 percent to $22 million in its third weekend, lifting its total to $177.6 million overall. Worldwide, the film has earned $356.4 million, Europe has proved once again that it loves big-budget U.S. family movies with lots of CGI. Oz the Great and the Powerful took the number one spot in virtually every European territory last frame including France, Germany, Spain and the UK. ($178.8 million) .
Franco’s Oz the Great and Powerful remained the top movie for the second straight week. Even though it lost 47 percent of last week’s business, it still earned an estimated $42.2 million, far and away enough for first place and a ten-day total of $145.0 million.
Oz the Great and Powerful worked its magic on a slumping box office, grossing an estimated $80.3 million in its Friday-Sunday debut, its studio reported.
The opening-weekend number is easily the biggest of the year, and the third-largest ever for a March release, behind only The Hunger Games and Johnny Depp’s Alice in Wonderland.
The massively expensive Wizard of Oz prequel, starring James Franco, was graded a B-plus by audiences polled by CinemaScore.
Overseas, Oz picked up just shy of $70 million, and brought its three-day, worldwide total to $150.2 million.
The start puts the 3-D-powered fantasy well on the road toward exceeding its reputed $215 million budget; it gets it about half-way toward the eye-popping $325 million number that reportedly represented its combined production and marketing costs.
[April 5. 2012]
Earlier, Sam Raimi is putting the finishing touches on Oz:The Great And Powerful at Disney. Rachel Weisz was committed to reshoots on “Oz.” Raimi’s take on the world of the Wizard of Oz remains a big mystery, since we haven’t heard or seen much from the set, but the new movie will go back to the source material, instead of building on the famous film.
“It’s absolutely separate from the classic film. Frank L. Baum wrote ten or so volumes of the whole mythology of the Emerald City, Oz, et cetera, so this is the story of how the wizard got there. So it’s pre-Dorothy,” . “It’s really nothing to do with ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in a sense. It’s much, much earlier.” The Great And Powerful” Though Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion still look young, the characters in Baum’s story are almost 110 years old — which would seem to put them in the realm of public domain. Warner Bros., who owns the rights to the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz,” filed a trademark registration for “The Great and Powerful Oz.” That may complicate things for Disney, which is producing “Oz, the Great and Powerful,” and filed their own trademark registration a week before.
“Oz” came to Pontiac because it was approved for a $40-million Michigan film tax credit in 2010. Sam Raimi and Josh Donen will fold their Stars Road Entertainment banner when their Sony Pictures deal expires at the end of August. They’ve been together for seven years, since Donen left CAA and went from being Raimi’s agent to being his partner. There’s no acrimony, the partnership simply ran its course.