“Oz: The Great and Powerful” is still going strong. It’s #1 again in this weekend’s box office and it became the top grossing film of 2013!
Oz easily stayed at No. 1 in its second weekend, earning $42.2 million for a domestic total of $145 million — the top gross of 2013. Sam Raimi’s tentpole took in another $46.6 million overseas for a global haul of $281.8 million. Source
Great news! “Oz: The Great and Powerful” tops this weekend’s box office.
Breathing life into the beleaguered box office, Sam Raimi’s 3D fantasy-adventure Oz the Great and Powerful took in an impressive $80.3 million in its North American debut and $69.9 million overseas for a global opening of $150.2 million.
Oz did solid but not spectacular business internationally, where the original 1939 film isn’t as well known. Russia led with $15 million, followed by the U.K. ($5.7 million), Mexico ($5.1 million) and Australia ($5 million). Oz opened to $4.2 million in Germany, where it was in a close battle with holdover Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Oz opened in a total of 46 territories, or roughly 80 percent of the international marketplace.
In North America, Oz was up more than 35 percent from Friday to Saturday as families turned out in force, making up 41 percent of the audience. Couples made up 43 percent, while teenagers made up 16 percent. The movie skewed slightly female (52 percent). Source
Sequel to “Oz the Great and Powerful” in the works
Disney is already working on a sequel to “Oz: The Great And Powerful” according to THR.
With expectations of a box-office bonanza this weekend, Disney is already planning a sequel to Oz the Great and Powerful, THR has confirmed.
Mitchell Kapner has been hired to write a script for the follow-up, which would continue the adventures of Oz, played by James Franco.
Kapner came up with the concept and ideas for the origin story of Oz, basing it on the classic L. Frank Baum books, pitching it to producer Joe Roth, who set it up at Disney, and writing the initial drafts. He shares screenwriting credit with David Lindsay-Abaire, who came on board later in the process.
Roth would be back as producer.
The movie stars Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. Sam Raimi directed the fantasy tentpole, which, despite getting lukewarm reviews, is tracking to open at in the $80 million to $90 million range this weekend. That should go a long way toward off-setting the mega-budget, which was far north of $200 million.
Before Oz, Kapner wrote The Whole Nine Yards and its sequel, The Whole Ten Yards, and also worked on the action movie Romeo Must Die. He is repped by Gersh and Fineman Entertainment. Source
Michelle attended the European premiere of “Oz: The Great and Powerful” in London earlier this week. She looks lovely in a blue Burberry Prorsum dress. The first photos have been added, but we expect more additions later on so keep checking back!
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You will find in the gallery now pictures of Michelle during the “Oz: The Great and Powerful” Press Conference, held in Los Angeles yesterday. Also, over 190 HQ pictures of the Oz premiere was also added:
The first photos of Michelle during tonight’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful” Los Angeles premiere are added in our gallery. She looks stunning in a white flower printed Prada dress! We expect more additions later on.
JustJared had the opportunity to interview Michelle on set of “Oz: The Great and Powerful” back in October 2011. Be sure to also read his interview with James Franco over here.
On being a fairytale figure:
“It’s the best! There’s nothing better than making kids happy. Seeing little girls faces light up just at the sight of me.”
On if she will keep her tiara:
“I think that the tiara has a price tag that I couldn’t afford (laughs).”
On how she referenced the 1939 version of Glinda:
“Yeah we talked about her a lot, but Sam wanted to shy away from anything that referenced her to heavily. He wanted our very own Glinda, so there’s little nods in a few costumes and a couple of lines, but she’s a starting off point. I just think of her as where Glinda started, when you meet Glinda in the original Wizard of Oz she has a kind of calm, but that’s what we like to think that’s where she wound up and this is where she began.” Continue…
Disney released the character posters for “Oz: The Great and Powerful” earlier this week. We added Glenda’s character poster in our gallery, be sure to check out the other ones at the official facebook account of the movie. We also added the scans of UK’s Total Film magazine in our gallery.