1. Oz the Great and Powerful – $80.3 million [debut week] Disney had high hopes in making this prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” and they were rewarded with a magical best of 2013-opening with the Sam Raimi production.
With little in the way of family films to contend with in the next few weeks, this could retain the top spot until “G.I. Joe Retaliation.” Star Mila Kunis already announced that the cast is signed on for sequels so the first round of meetings to discuss another route on the yellow brick road of box office success.
2. Jack the Giant Slayer – $10 million [2nd week; $42 million in total] Jack took a tumble from the top of the box office, but still hauled in enough for second place. The $200 million-budgeted film is going to struggle to reach $60 million — making Jack one very expensive bomb approaching “John Carter” levels of box office failure. “John Carter” managed $73 million off a $250 million budget.
3. $6.3 million Identity Thief [5th week; $116.5 million in total] 2013’s highest grossing film continues to bring in audiences and marks a personal headlining best for star Jason Bateman, whose previous top earner as a film’s star was 2011’s “Horrible Bosses.”
4. Dead Man Down – $5.3 million [debut week] Unlike big-name action stars Stallone, Willis, Statham, Schwarzenegger and The Rock, Colin Farrell ‘s revenge thriller didn’t have major expectations, but suffered a similar fate of not being able to bring in audiences. This may have to do with a lackluster promotional effort, but it does little to restore Farrell’s dwindling box office appeal after last year’s disappointing $58 million total gross for the “Total Recall” remake.
5. 21 and Over [2nd week; $15 million] – The juvy-comedy isn’t finding much of an audience. Maybe that market is just biding their time until “The Hangover Part III?”