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Weekend Box Office Top Ten: 'Oz: The Great & Powerful' Boosts Overall Box Office, 'Dead Man Down' Is DOA

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood March 10, 2013 at 1:34PM

Led by a strong $80-million opening for “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” the total gross for the weekend was up from both the previous week and the previous year, something that has rarely happened this year so far. The uptick wasn’t enough to reverse the trend so far -- $125 million for the top 10 this year compared to $117 in 2012 and $90 million last week – but it still is welcome, more so after the flop of “Jack the Giant Slayer” last weekend. “Oz” had the biggest opening since “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” pre-Christmas, at around the level predicted by industry sources.
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Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace in 'Dead Man Down'
Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace in 'Dead Man Down'

4. Dead Man Down (FilmDistrict) NEW – Cinemascore: B-; Metacritic score: 42

$5,350,000 in 2,188 theaters; PSA: $2,445; Cumulative: $5,350,000

This is the first non-Danish film from director Niels Arden Oplev (“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) and co-stars Noomi Rapace from that original version as well as the never-reliable Colin Farrell (“Total Recall”) as a New York hit man dealing with doubts about his profession. Acquired by FilmDistrict from IM Global  (producers include Neil Moritz, also involved with “Jack the Giant Slayer” and “Recall” as well as many more successful films) for much less than its reported $30 million production cost. It wasn’t screened for critics, and with stiff competition and without any obvious appeal otherwise, this gross isn’t unexpected.

What comes next: This is being released in stages around the rest of the world over the next few months, where it was sold to different distributors in different territories. The U.S. run will be short-lived.

5. Snitch (Lionsgate) Week 3 – Last Weekend: #4

$5,100,000 (-35%) in 2,340 theaters (-171); PSA: $2,179; Cumulative: $31,855,000

A solid hold for this urban crime drama starring The Rock which seems to be gaining a minor foothold after its initial modest opening. 

What comes next: This appears headed to a possible $50 million total, which would be $10 million or more better than its opening suggested, indicating a positive audience reaction.

6. 21 and Over (Relativity) Week 2 – Last Weekend: #3

$5,056,000 (-42%) in 2,771 theaters (unchanged); PSA: $1,825; Cumulative: $16,840,000

A smaller than expected drop for this raunchy comedy which, though it doesn’t look like it will be around for a long run will get a bit longer time to add to its minor take so far.

What comes next:   If this is a sign of OK word of mouth, this still could get past the $30 million mark.

7. Safe Haven (Relativity) Week 4 – Last Weekend: #7

$3,800,000 (-39%) in 2,541 theaters (-410); PSA: $1,495; Cumulative: $62,884,000

Continuing to hold well, this latest Nicholas Sparks’ adaptation looks to end up in the $75-$90 million range of that the top ones from his books usually do.

What comes next: This will start to lose theaters this week, but this gross should allow Relativity to keep this in play for the rest of the month.

8. Silver Linings Playbook (Weinstein) Week 17 – Last Weekend: #8

$3,745,000 (-35%) in 1,727 theaters (-109); PSA: $2,169; Cumulative: $120,749,000

The Oscar bump has now gone beyond post-awards weekend, allowing this Best Actress winning film to move ahead of “The Life of Pi” in domestic gross among major nominees (Ang Lee’s film remains by far the biggest grosser worldwide).

What comes next: This should have one more top 10 week and complete a very successful four month-plus release plan that will likely serve as a model for future strong word-of-mouth awards contenders.

9. Escape to Planet Earth (Weinstein) Week 4 – Last Weekend: #6

$3,207,000 (-52%) in 2,549 theaters (-561); PSA: $1,258; Cumulative: $47,832,000

Taking a hit from “Oz” after benefiting from being the sole kids’ film around, this has still been a reasonable performer considering its troubled production history and delayed release.

What comes next: Spring vacations give an incentive for theaters to continue this for at least matinees.

10. The Last Exorcism Part II (CBS) Week 2 – Last Weekend: #5

$3,120,000 (-60%) in 2,700 theaters (unchanged); PSA:; Cumulative: $12,083,000

A big drop from a bad opening as this horror sequel fails to repeat the success of several similar films earlier this year.

What comes next: This looks like the last “Last Exorcism.”


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.