'Oz the Great and Powerful' tops weekend box office with $42.2 million
The weekend box office belongs to Disney's "Wizard of Oz" prequel, "Oz the Great and Powerful," for the second week in a row.
The film, which opened on Friday, March 8, grossed $42.2 million over the weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The fantasy movie, which now marks the top grossing film of 2013, took in $46.6 million overseas for a global haul of $281.8 million.
"Oz the Great and Powerful" is a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," the 1939 classic starring Judy Garland. Directed by Sam Raimi, the new film reimagines the fantastical Land of Oz through the eyes of a young Wizard of Oz, played by James Franco. Rachel Weisz, whose part of Evanora is based on the Wicked Witch of the East from the original Frank L. Baum novel, plays one of his foes.
The film also features Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff, Abigail Spencer and "Evil Dead" actor Bruce Campbell, who has often worked with Raimi.
In second place was Halle Berry's suspense thriller, "The Call," which garnered $17.1 million in its debut week, according to the magazine. The film, which cost a modest $13 million to produce, beat out its competitors in part due to an ethnically diverse audience.
In the film, veteran 911 operator Jordan Turner (Berry) receives a call from a girl who has just been abducted, and soon realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life. The film also stars Evie Thompson and Abigail Breslin.
Taking the No. 3 spot is the star-studded comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," which earned $10 million in its debut week. The comedy film, which had a budget of $32 million, didn't bring in the numbers that Warner Bros. was hoping for, according to the magazine.
In the film, a new street magician's stunt begins to make superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton look stale, so the pair look to salvage on their act - and their friendship - by staging their own daring stunt. The film stars Steve Carrell, Olivia Wilde, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey.
In fourth place is Bryan Singer's 3D fantasy adventure "Jack the Giant Slayer," which earned a domestic total of $6.2 million, according to the outlet. The film opened on Friday, March 1, and fell 63 percent in its second weekend due to the large increase in competition.
The film features Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci and Ewan MacGregor in the ancient war between humans and a race of giants. The war is reignited when Jack (Hoult), a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds.
In the fifth place spot is the comedy crime film "Identity Thief," which earned $4.5 million over the weekend. The R-rated film has earned over $123.7 million domestically since its February 8 debut, according to the magazine.
There was some controversy with the film after New York Observer critic Rex Reed commented negatively on star Melissa McCarthy's weight. McCarthy's cousin Jenny McCarthy came to the comedian's defense earlier this week and said Reed could "go to hell."
Check out the trailer for "Oz the Great and Powerful" below. Also, check out interviews with Kunis and Franco.