It was 3 years ago when Alice in Wonderland got off to a phenomenal $116.1 million start. Without that kind of success from Alice, Oz The Great and Powerful would have never seen the light of day, at least not at Disney. So minus the Johnny Deep and Tim Burton combo behind, Oz still managed to open with $79.1 million. Yes, it’s quite a lot less then Alice but all things considered, a mighty fine start. Now reviews, while pretty mixed, are generally positive and a B+ CinemaScore could ensure Oz The Great and Powerful will continue to perform well beyond its opening weekend. With a similar drop pattern to Alice, Oz might end up around $230-240 million in North America. That’s all well and good as long as the film can match said number internationally in order to cover the $215 million budget.
Jack the Giant Slayer took a pretty hard hit from Oz, now in 2nd, down 63.8% with $9.8 million. Unfortunately that’s a steeper drop than John Carter‘s, so a $70 million finish is basically out of the question now. At this point even $60 million seems like a stretch and heads are definitely gonna fly around Warner Bros. for this epic box office bomb.
Identity Thief continues to play well in 3rd with $6.3 million for a total of $116.5 million while the other new release of the week, R-rated thriller Dead Man Down, bombed in 4th with $5.3 million. I know many people love to call Colin Farrell box office poison and while I don’t particularly agree with that, between this and just about every film he starred in the last few years (minus Horrible Bosses), it’s becoming increasingly harder to deny the truth behind that title.
Rounding out the top 5 was Snitch with, surprisingly, the lowest drop in the top 10, just 34.4% down for about $5 million. After three weeks the action flick has grossed $31.8 million. Humiliatingly enough, fellow action stars Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Statham generated a combined total of around $39 million between their 2013 films, Bullet to the Head, The Last Stand and Parker. There’s a very good possibility that Snitch might end up higher or at the very least close to $39 million when all will be said and done, so yey for The Rock I guess.