“Oz The Great And Powerful” opened with a great and powerful blast at the world’s box offices, with an estimated $80.3 million in sales in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates today.
Worldwide, the Oz “prequel” opened to $150 million in ticket sales.
The Disney release far exceeded industry projections, and was the third-biggest March movie release ever, behind only “The Hunger Games” and “Alice In Wonderland,” movie industry analyst Paul Dergarabedian said.
“Jack The Giant Slayer” was in second place, at $10 million in estimated sales this week and $43.8 million over two weeks of exhibition.
”Identity Thief” held on in its fifth week of showings, with a $6.3 million weekend estimate and accumulated $116.5 million in sales.
A premiere, “Dead Man Down,” was in fourth place with an estimated $5.4 million gross.
Rounding out the 10 most-popular movies this weekend, in terms of box offices sales as estimated by studios, were “Snitch” ($5.1 million), “21 And Over” ($5 million), “Safe Haven” ($3.8 million), “Silver Linings Playbook” ($3.7 million), “Escape From Planet Earth” ($3.2 million) and “The Last
Exorcism Part II” ($3.1 million).