The box office results for March 15th – 17th has Oz the Great and Powerful still ruling while The Call reaches more people than expected. Here are the studio estimate:

1. Oz the Great and Powerful ($42.2 million)

2. The Call ($17.1 million)

3. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone ($10.3 million)

4. Jack the Giant Slayer ($6.2 million)

5. Identity Thief ($4.5 million)

6. Snitch ($3.5 million)

7. 21 and Over ($2.6 million)

8. Silver Linings Playbook ($2.5 million)

9. Safe Haven ($2.4 million)

10. Escape from Planet Earth ($2.3 million)

Analysis

In weekend #2, Oz the Great and Powerful held up fairly well, dropping just 47% from its opening weekend. Domestically, the 3D prequel to The Wizard of Oz has risen to $145 million. It’s going to be here for a while, folks.

Many people were projecting The Call as a major flop yet the thriller starring Halle Berry answered with a surprising second-place result on its opening weekend. Produced for $13 million, this actually could be the year’s second Sleeper Hit (Identity Thief was the first).

Despite having star-power as part of its comedic act (Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, etc.), The Incredible Burt Wonderstone could not conjure up any financial magic. And with a production budget of $30 million, this will have to rely on a strong DVD/On-Demand campaign. Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema will be lucky to break even on this sucker.

This Friday’s releases will surely give the top ten a makeover. The Croods will add another 3D animation to the party. And speaking of party, the R-rated Spring Breakers will invade just over 600 theaters across the country. Also coming in is the comedy Admission and the action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen. Reviews will be right here my fellow Shockers!

Oz the Great and Powerful

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By Joe Belcastro

Joe Belcastro is an established movie critic in Tampa, Florida. As a member of the Florida Film Critics Circle, most of his time is spent reviewing upcoming movies. He also covers news pertaining to the film industry, on both a local and national level as well as conducting interviews. To contact Joe Belcastro regarding a story or with general questions about his services, please e-mail him and/or follow him on Twiiter @TheWritingDemon.

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