Halle Berry’s The Call, meanwhile, showed surprising strength, while Steve Carell’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone underwhelmed.
In its second weekend, Oz held very well. With some $282 million in the worldwide bank, the film is now even bigger than its reputed budget (which was very big).
The Call took second place with a $17.1 million Friday-Sunday. The thriller, made for a reported $15 million, was graded a B-plus by audiences polled by CinemaScore, and is Berry’s biggest opener for a non-X-Men movie in nearly a decade, going all the way back to Gothika.
The reputedly $32 million Burt Wonderstone, playing on about 600 more screens than The Call, whiffed with $10.3 million. It is Carell’s worst opener for a Carell comedy (so, no, not including the comedy-drama Seeking a Friend at the End of the World) since he became a big-screen star in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
Burt Wonderstone’s CinemaScore was just as discouraging: a C-plus.
Art-house moviegoers, meanwhile, were hot to see Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens shed their Disney ears. The actresses’ R-rated indie thriller, costarring Franco, put up the weekend’s biggest reported per-screen average, grossing $270,000 from three theaters.
Elsewhere, Silver Linings Playbook neared $125 million domestically and A Good Day to Die Hard topped $200 million internationally.
Here’s a complete look at the weekend’s top movies, per Friday-Sunday studio estimates and stats as compiled by Exhibitor Relations.
1. Oz the Great and Powerful, $42.2 million
2. The Call, $17.1 million
3. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, $10.3 million
4. Jack the Giant Slayer, $6.2 million
5. Identity Thief, $4.8 million
6. Snitch, $3.5 million
7. 21 and Over, $2.6 million
8. Silver Linings Playbook, $2.59 million
9. Safe Haven, $2.5 million
10. Escape From Planet Earth, $2.3 million