‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ set to win box office, despite tricks from ‘Burt Wonderstone’

By Daniel S Levine,

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone’s magic tricks aren’t expected to be enough to stop the witches of Oz The Great and Powerful at the box office this weekend. The Disney film, this year’s first blockbuster, is expected to easily win a second weekend in a row.

Oz made nearly $80 million during its first weekend and reached an impressive $150 million worldwide. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it is expected to land anywhere between $35 million and $40 million in its second weekend. The $215 million film reached $100 million on Thursday and is just the second film of 2013 to reach that mark. Identity Thief was the first.

Oz’s only major competition this weekend is from the Jim Carrey/Steve Carell comedy Burt Wonderstone which is about two dueling magicians. Its reviews have been mixed, but since it is the first new comedy since Identity Thief’s release six weeks ago, it shouldn’t do too bad. Box Office Mojo is predicting $18 million for the film, which cost $30 million to make.

The Call with Halle Berry is also opening this weekend. According to The Wrap, the film has earned mixed reviews as well. It only cost Sony $13 million to make, so an opening north of $10 million would be fantastic news for the studio.

The main limited release of the weekend is the much-talked about Spring Breakers, which opens in just three theaters in LA and New York this weekend.



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