'Oz' Repeats Atop the Box Office While 'The Call' Smothers 'Burt Wonderstone's Magic

Oz the Great and Powerful box officeOz the Great and Powerful taking the #1 spot for the second weekend in a row is no surprise and the 46.6% drop and $42.2 million it took in are two very good signs for the film and Disney. While this isn't as big as Alice in Wonderland was back in 2010, it's still quite good considering that looming $215 million budget. A drop under 50% is just what the wizard ordered.

Magic, however, didn't strike The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which appeared, before the weekend began, to be the more likely film to take #2, but the curtain closed on this one quickly. Wonderstone opened in 3,160 theaters and only managed $10.3 million and a third place finish while the Halle Berry thriller The Call scored a whopping $17.1 million from 2,507 theaters and a $6,821 per theater average to Wonderstone's $3,261.

The CinemaScores also match with the results with Burt earning a "C+" from opening day audiences and The Call a "B+".

call-wonderstone-box-officeLooking over the predictions from Thursday, Laremy went big on Burt with $20.5 million and small on Call at $13.8 million, but before getting into reader predictions on those two, I must give credit to gerberzy and his $42.2 million call on Oz. Spot on! Nice!

As for reader predictions on The Call, the predictions were primarily all below $10 million, ranging from AZ's tiny $4 million prediction to the coltonhaynes22's $13.4 million, which was the closest on the board.

Looking at reader predictions on Burt Wonderstone, some predictions went as high as $27.4 million, but Rach wasn't fooled and her $10 million prediction was closest on the board.

You have to wonder how the people at Warner Bros. are feeling about now when it comes to their 2013 slate of films. So far they've had bomb after bomb starting with Gangster Squad followed by Bullet to the Head, Beautiful Creatures, Jack the Giant Slayer and now Burt Wonderstone. I guess they can at least be happy their upcoming films look to be on solid ground with Cannes Film Festival opener The Great Gatsby, The Hangover Part III and the return of Superman with Man of Steel.

Spring Breakers box officeLooking over the rest of the weekend, in its second three-day frame, Dead Man Down is already out of the top ten, landing at #11, while limited release newcomer, Spring Breakers opened in only three theaters and pulled in $270,000 for a $90,000 per theater average. The film goes wide in approximately 600 theaters next weekend, care to predict how well you think it will do?

Speaking of predictions, next weekend is packed.

The Croods (3,900+ theaters), Olympus Has Fallen (3,000+ theaters) and Admission (2,100 theaters) are your three films that are going wide. In limited release is InAPPropriate Comedy (250 theaters) and The Sapphires (4 theaters).

I have to think The Croods are going to take it, but how the weekend will shake out I'm just not sure. The Call may have done well this weekend, but does Olympus take all its second weekend audience and what about Oz now that a new animated, family comedy is out? Weigh in with your thoughts on the weekend and next weekend in the comments below.

Weekend Box-Office Top Ten for March 15 - March 17, 2013

  1. Oz the Great and Powerful was #1 at the box-office
  2. The Call () - $17.1 million
    From 2,507 theaters ($6,821 avg.) / $13 million budget / 41%
  3. The Call () - $17.1 million
    From 2,507 theaters ($6,821 avg.) / $13 million budget / 41%
  4. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone () - $10.1 million
    From 3,160 theaters ($3,196 avg.) / $30 million budget / 37%
  5. Jack the Giant Slayer () - $6.3 million ($54.0m cume)
    From 3,357 theaters ($1,877 avg.) / $195 million budget / 52%
  6. Identity Thief () - $4.4 million ($123.6m cume)
    From 2,842 theaters ($1,548 avg.) / $35 million budget / 20%
  7. Snitch () - $3.5 million ($37.2m cume)
    From 2,353 theaters ($1,487 avg.) / 57%
  8. 21 and Over () - $2.6 million ($21.9m cume)
    From 2,424 theaters ($1,073 avg.) / $13 million budget / 29%
  9. Silver Linings Playbook () - $2.5 million ($124.5m cume)
    From 1,602 theaters ($1,561 avg.) / $21 million budget / 92%
  10. Safe Haven () - $2.4 million ($66.9m cume)
    From 2,206 theaters ($1,088 avg.) / $28 million budget / 13%
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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/HarryFuertes/ Harry Fuertes

    Excited for Spring Breakers this week. Seeing it at the Alamo in Austin hopefully.

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    That's pretty amazing for Spring Breakers. 600 theaters isn't a lot, but I still hope it can take in a pretty good amount of money next weekend. (I'll certainly be contributing.) And Hopefully that number isn't final yet, and it increases more towards 1000. One thing I will ask, will this be one of the few Annapurna Pictures/Megan Ellison produced films (other than Zero Dark Thirty) that will be successful at the box office? I should also add that I still find it pretty ironic that this film is directed by Harmony Korine.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

      Like...Spring Breakers has grossed, in two days, more than Korine's entire filmography.

      • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

        Yeah, I read that. I guess though, when your other films are Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy, Mister Lonely, and Trash Humpers, there really isn't much to live up to. XD

      • Yaz

        That's the power of hot chicks on film right there.

    • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

      And it appears that Box Office Mojo has updated Spring Breakers to play in over 1000 theaters. Good news!

  • Winchester

    I don't know if the sweat should be stopping from WB's execs just yet.

    Out of Gatsby, Superman and The Hangover 3 only that last one is an almost guaranteed hit based on it's predecessors (and if the budget ballooned between films 2 and 3 the way it did between the first two then it won't have been cheap). Speaking of cost both Gatsby and Superman will also be very expensive films with costly marketing but box office prospects that are not guaranteed.

    Oz will do decently enough for Disney but next week it's probably a fight between The Croods and Olympus. I feel Admissions will bomb. But at this point not sure if family dollar will help The Croods win or not. I think a reasonable comp for Olympus could be Battle: Los Angeles given the time of year.

  • Austin G.

    The Croods will for sure win next weekend, but I think it might disappoint. I'm looking forward to seeing Olympus Has Fallen this next weekend and Spring Breakers the weekend after. For early predictions next week:

    The Croods - $36.8 million
    Olympus Has Fallen - $26.1 million
    Admission - $9.6 million

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is much better than The Call.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MarioLudwinski/ Mario Ludwinski

      Xarnis, what do you mean by "better"? Stronger lead character, broader appeal of actors/actresses, more interesting premise?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lawhs89/ lawhs89

    About WB, is anyone excited about "The Great Gatsby". I remember failing American Lit 1 because that was the worst book ever. And "Man of Steel"? Yawn.

    And I have to question having four major new releases, counting Spring Breakers, on the NCAA basketball tournament opening weekend. I mean the exact crowd "Olympus" is targeting is watching basketball.

  • Chris Etrata

    Croods:62.5 million
    Olympus: 15.4 million
    Spring Breakers: 11.2 million
    Admission: 7.6 million

  • adu

    WB will be just fine...besides the summer line-up, they have The Hobbit 2 in December.

  • Oz Sucked

    A lot of parents must have been desperate for a way to get rid of the kids last weekend. Oz was terrible. On the good review of a respected critic, I went to see Burt Wonderstone and was very disappointed. Hollywood needs to spend less time politicking and doing drugs and more time trying to make decent films.