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Oz, 32-Percent Great, 40th-Most Powerful

A quick note on the opening-weekend box office of “Oz, the Great and Powerful”:

  • It grossed $79 million in the U.S.
  • That's the 40th-biggest opening weekend ever, unadjusted.
  • It's the biggest opening weekend since “The Hobbit” ($84 million in December) and “Skyfall” ($88 million in November).
  • Only two movies that opened in March had bigger openings: “The Hunger Games” last year ($152m) and “Alice in Wonderland” in 2010 ($116 million).
  • Critics were ho-hum on it. It squeaked into fresh territory with a 61% Rotten Tomatoes rating. But among top critics? Just 32%.
  • You could easily make a triple feature in hell from some of the 39 movies that opened bigger than “Oz.” Say, “Spider-Man 3” ($151m in 2007), “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” ($142m in 2009), and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” ($100m in 2008). And I still have in reserve all of the “Pirates of the Carribean” sequels.

Now does this mean I have to go see it? Vinny?

Oz, the Great and Powerful

Posted at 06:25 AM on Wed. Mar 13, 2013 in category Movies - Box Office  
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Reed wrote:

Pay no attention to the blockbuster at the multiplex.

Comment posted on Wed. Mar 13, 2013 at 07:09 AM

Erik wrote:

Ha! I almost went with a play on that line but it didn't work in my context. Works better in this one.

Comment posted on Wed. Mar 13, 2013 at 07:11 AM

Mister B wrote:

The second Pirates movie wasn't THAT bad and the fourth Pirates movie has Penelope Cruz. As for the rest? Yeah, that's what I'd end up watching in hell — and if I'm down there, I'm paying to see them. :)

Comment posted on Wed. Mar 13, 2013 at 09:58 AM

Obscure Indies Only wrote:

Skip it, obviously!

Comment posted on Wed. Mar 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Obscure Indies Only wrote:

Tim's “user name length” code is harshing my mellow.

Comment posted on Wed. Mar 13, 2013 at 11:44 AM

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