Oz: The Great and Powerful Hits No. 1 at Box Office
In somewhat unsurprising news, Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful lead the box office this weekend with an $80.3 million domestic debut and $150.2 million globally.
As Entertainment Weekly points out, Oz easily took the No. 1 spot since the closest competitors Jack the Giant Slayer and Identity Thief each collected $10 million over the weekend. The Oz prequel is also the highest debut since The Hobbit made its premiere with $85.8 million domestically in December.
Known for the original Spider-Man and Evil Dead trilogies, Sam Rami directed the whimsical fantasy adventure that is set 25 years before the story in L. Frank Baum’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the infamous 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. James Franco stars as the titular character with the all-star supporting cast of Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams and Zach Braff.
Expecting more box office success in the future, Disney is reportedly already working on a sequel with co-screenwriter Mitchell Kapner returning to pen the script. Baum wrote 13 full-length Oz sequels after his American pop-culture classic, so there’s a bit of material left to work from.
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