"Oz" Great and Powerful at Box-Office with $80 Million Opening

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Sam Raimi's "Oz the Great and Powerful" may not be artistically and creatively great and powerful but moviegoers helped the film make box-office magic. The Disney 3-D extravaganza debuted at No. 1 with $80.3 million in North America and $69.9 million overseas. 

Starring James Franco as the man behind the curtains, "Oz the Great and Powerful" serves as a prequel to the much better 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz." Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, and Michelle Williams co-star. But beside Williams, the only ones memorable in the film are the CG characters Finley the Flying Monkey (Zach Braff) and China Girl (Joey King). If you're looking for a smarter revisionist take on the "Wizard of Oz" mythology, you'll be better off watching "Wicked" the musical all over again.

At No. 2 was "Jack the Giant Slayer" which only made $10 million domestically and just $4.9 million internationally. Starring Nicholas Hoult as Jack in the "Jack and the Beanstalk" update and directed by Bryan Singer, "Jack the Giant Slayer" has a looong way to go to recoup its nearly $200 million budget. Yikes!

Melissa McCarthy continued to be the first true box-office queen of 2013 with her "Identity Thief" holding steady at No. 3 with $6.3 million. 

The weekend's other new release, "Dead Man Down" starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace opened at No. 4 with $5.3 million. 

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films for the weekend of March 8th:

1. "Oz the Great and Powerful," $80.3 million. ($69.9 million international.)

2. "Jack the Giant Slayer," $10 million. ($4.9 million international.)

3. "Identity Thief," $6.3 million.

4. "Dead Man Down," $5.3 million.

5. "Snitch," $5.1 million. ($4.7 million international.)

6. "21 & Over," $5 million.

7. "Safe Haven," $3.8 million.

8. "Silver Linings Playbook," $3.7 million. ($6 million international.)

9. "Escape from Planet Earth," $3.2 million.

10. "The Last Exorcism Part II," $3.1 million.

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Manny the Movie Guy is a multi-Emmy award-winning film critic who has always had a passion for movies. His love of film criticism started while working for his school newspaper at Purdue University. Upon graduation, Manny was offered a full-scholarship to complete his Post-Baccalaureate degree in Film at the School…

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