Moviegoers Flock to “OZ”

220px-Oz_-_The_Great_and_Powerful_PosterThe 2013 box office has been pretty dismal with only the Oscar contenders and Identity Thief really doing much business. However, this weekend, things finally turned around with the opening of the ultra expensive Oz the Great and Powerful which had a powerful debut pulling in $80 million. That was easily the best opening of the year and a sharp contrast to last week’s incredibly disappointing debut for the another ultra-expensive movie Jack the Giant Slayer (which tumbled a big 63% in week two). Oz should hold up well in the weeks to come with few event films in its wake. Oz also eclipsed the latest action film of the year to tank on arrival as Collin Farrell‘s Dead Man Down barely managed a $ 5.3 million opening…. For more on all these numbers, head to Box Office Mojo and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Oz The Great and Powerful BV $80,278,000 – 3,912 – $20,521 $80,278,000 $215 1
2 1 Jack the Giant Slayer WB (NL) $10,020,000 -63.2% 3,525 – $2,843 $43,811,000 $195 2
3 2 Identity Thief Uni. $6,319,000 -34.9% 3,002 -228 $2,105 $116,530,000 $35 5
4 N Dead Man Down FD $5,350,000 – 2,188 – $2,445 $5,350,000 – 1
5 4 Snitch LG/S $5,100,000 -34.3% 2,340 -171 $2,179 $31,855,000 – 3
6 3 21 and Over Rela. $5,056,000 -42.2% 2,771 – $1,825 $16,840,000 $13 2
7 7 Safe Haven Rela. $3,800,000 -39.5% 2,541 -410 $1,495 $62,884,000 $28 4
8 8 Silver Linings Playbook Wein. $3,745,000 -34.6% 1,727 -109 $2,169 $120,749,000 $21 17
9 6 Escape From Planet Earth Wein. $3,207,000 -51.6% 2,549 -561 $1,258 $47,832,000 $40 4
10 5 The Last Exorcism Part II CBS $3,120,000 -59.6% 2,700 – $1,156 $12,083,000 $5 2

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