Movie audiences continued to see green during this St. Patrick’s Day weekend as Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful made it to the top of the box office chart in the U.S. The vfx-heavy prequel to the 1939 classic family feature delivered an estimated $42.2 million Stateside, bringing its two-week cume to $145 million. The James Franco-starrer crossed the $100 million internationally on Friday in only 55 territories. The movie continued to be the No. 1 movie in the U.K., Australia, Brazil, Italy, Germany and Spain, and it still hasn’t even opened in France and China. It’s been a great couple of weeks for the Sam Raimi-directed movie as it has already accumulated $281.8 million globally.
The other two vfx and animation titles in the Top 10 were Warner Bros.’ fantasy Jack the Giant Slayer which was at No. 4 with 6.3 million weekend and a $54 million cume. Weinstein Co.’s Escape from Planet Earth was the No. 10 movie, bringing in another $619,000 in its fifth weekend at the box office. The film’s cume hit $52 million this weekend.
Next weekend all eyes will be on DreamWorks Animation’s much-anticipated caveman family movie, The Croods. Co-directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, the film will be released by 20th Century Fox, the first venture in the distributor’s partnership with the animation studio.