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James Franco had one incredible weekend at the box office. While the blockbuster Oz The Great and Powerful continues to do big business, Spring Breakers made headlines for an incredible opening in New York and Los Angeles.
Oz grossed $42.2 million in its second weekend, dropping just 47 percent from its debut weekend. The Sam Raimi-directed Disney film is already up to $145 million, passing Identity Thief as the biggest hit of 2013 so far, notes Entertainment Weekly. However, the film isn’t quite doing as well abroad, making $136.8 million in total overseas. It’s proof that while The Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum’s creations are always fresh in the mind of U.S. audiences, foreign audiences aren’t as familiar with them.
Behind Oz was Halle Berry’s thriller The Call. The film surprisingly made $17.1 million, reports Box Office Mojo. It’s much better than recent Berry efforts, thanks to Sony’s trailers, commercials and other marketing efforts. It earned a B+ CinemaScore Grade from audiences.
While The Call was a surprising success, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone landed with a thud. The Jim Carrey/Steve Carell comedy made just $10.3 million. Plus, audiences gave it a C+ CinemaScore Grade, so this one won’t have a long life in theaters.
Jack the Giant Slayer added $6.2 million, bringing its total to $53.9 million, while Identity Thief added another $4.5 million.
According to The Wrap, Spring Breakers made a whopping $270,000 from just three locations. The Harmony Korine-directed film averaged $90,000 per screen and is set to go nationwide Friday. It has benefited from buzz thanks to Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, who have shed their Disney persona for the R-rated film.