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Box office update: 'Oz' conjures $24.1 million on Friday, headed for $80 million weekend

Disney’s $215 million tentpole Oz: The Great and Powerful took off down the yellow brick road on Friday, earning an impressive $24.1 million in its first day. The Sam Raimi-directed film is headed to a huge weekend in the $80 million range, meaning Oz‘s debut will be the strongest opening since The Hobbit’s $85.8 million bow in December. Worldwide, Oz is all but guaranteed to do gangbusters.

Meanwhile, last weekend’s “champ,” Jack the Giant Slayer, tumbled by 67 percent into second place with $2.5 million. The disastrous release, which New Line says cost $185 million (though, industry chatter suggests an even higher budget), may earn about $9 million in its sophomore weekend, giving Jack an anemic $43 million after ten days.

Oz wasn’t the only new release this weekend, but it may as well have been. FilmDistrict’s Dead Man Down, a revenge thriller starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, was very much dead on arrival. The film earned a puny $1.8 million on its opening day — the same amount Identity Thief grossed on its fifth Friday. Dead will find just over $5 million for the weekend.

Check back tomorrow for the full box office report.

1. Oz: The Great and Powerful – $24.1 million
2. Jack the Giant Slayer – $2.5 million
3. Dead Man Down – $1.8 million
4. Identity Thief – $1.8 million
5. 21 And Over – $1.6 million

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Box office report: 'Jack the Giant Slayer' leads a dismal weekend; 'Identity Thief' becomes the first $100 million movie of 2013

Jack the Giant Slayer (CinemaScore: B+) picked up significantly over the weekend, earning a $28 million opening on 3,525 screens. This is better than it was tracking on Friday, likely due to the fact that families waited until the weekend to see the film. Still, it’s nowhere near what the movie needed to take in on its opening weekend, and will likely not even come close to making up for its almost $200 million budget. To put a little perspective on this March weekend, the same timeframe last year had an animated opening and an R-rated party movie that fared much better than Jack and 21 and Over (in third place)–Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax opened at $70.2 million and Project X at $21.1 million.

As the first $100 million movie of 2013, Identity Thief made $9.7 million in its fourth weekend in theaters. Down 31% from last weekend, Universal’s Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy comedy picked up eight new theaters. If it wasn’t obvious that Identity Thief was a runaway success, the R-rated movie has already made three times its opening weekend. Paul Feig and company should be anxious to find out if the McCarthy/Sandra Bullock vehicle The Heat will boast similar profits when it opens in June.


Box office update: 'Jack the Giant Slayer' wins Friday, still disappoints; '21 and Over' and 'Last Exorcism Part II' battle it out for second place

Jack the Giant Slayer took first place at the box office with a disappointing $7.7 million Friday opening. The 3-D adventure, which was originally slated for a June 2012 release, opened wide this weekend in 3,525 locations and averaged about $2,187 per screen. The $200 million epic directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2) stars Ewan McGregor and Nicholas Hoult, and could be the first big flop of 2013. EW wrote about the hurdles Jack is expected to face in the coming weeks, especially after Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful opens March 8.

The party movie with a cast of relative unknowns, 21 and Over, opened Friday in 2,771 locations at an estimated $3.34 million. At this rate, Relativity’s $13 million R-rated comedy is poised to close out the weekend at around $9 million, tracking below early estimates that it would surpass its budget on opening weekend.


Hanging at the bar with the guys from '21 and Over' -- VIDEO

Yes, the fellas in 21 and Over do get thrown out of bars in real life. Or so they say.

But that wasn’t an issue when EW sat down with the movie’s three stars — Skylar Astin, Justin Chon, and Miles Teller — at the Playwrite Tavern in Manhattan to discuss their nonstop party-fest extravaganza. Listening to their stories about working on and promoting the film, which opens in theaters today, you quickly learn things like the aforementioned bar incident — a reference to this late-night tweet — and the trio’s great chemistry, which is helpful when spending the majority of a movie bouncing off of each in other in various states of debauchery (and nudity).

Oh, and they all fell in love with $13 PB&Js while filming.

The movie was a bonding experience, not only for the three actors, but for their relationship with its fans. Some members of the audience feel so emboldened after seeing advance screenings that asking follow-up questions like, “Is anyone smoking a blunt after this?” or “Was that your real penis?” are totally no big deal. “The fans seem to dig it,” Teller said. “We’re so proud of this film, so honestly, if you get it, then you’re cool, and if you don’t, then you’re probably a nerd.”

Take a look at the video interview after the jump.


Box office preview: 'Jack the Giant Slayer' hopes to climb higher than '21 And Over'

The difference in the budgets of this weekend’s top two contenders, Jack the Giant Slayer and 21 And Over, is over $170 million, but they may finish within $5 million of each other at the box office this weekend. Sound troubling? It is.

Here’s how the box office may shake out this weekend:

1. Jack the Giant Slayer – $23 million

Based on poor tracking and weak social media buzz, this Warner Bros. and New Line production, which was originally scheduled for a June 2012 release, looks like it may be 2013’s first major bomb — one on par with Battleship or John Carter. (Read the full write-up on Jack‘s financial woes, published earlier this week, here.) New Line claims the Bryan Singer-directed picture cost $185 million to produce, though chatter among insiders suggests the budget actually climbed to at least $200 million. Earlier this month, star Nicholas Hoult scored a modest hit with Warm Bodies, which has earned $59 million after four weeks, but his presence is unlikely to draw many to theaters. Distressingly, Jack isn’t guaranteed to do much more business than Warm Bodies, either. The film, opening on about 3,500 theaters, looks headed for a very un-giant $23 million frame. READ FULL STORY

'21 and Over': What awaits at the top of the 'tower of power'? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Remember the night of your 21st birthday?

You do? Really? Man, your sucky friends let you down.

Meet Casey and Miller, the semi-sober dudes in 21 and Over who do what best friends are supposed to do and take their pal, Jeff Chang, out for a night impossible to remember to celebrate his baptism as a legal drinker. Never mind that Jeff Chang has his medical school interview at 8 a.m. sharp the next morning, or that his father might honor-kill his son if he messes with his promising future. You only turn 21 once, am I right?

Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the writers behind The Hangover, have outdone themselves with their latest, which graciously takes us along for a night of co-ed debauchery. Fans of Pitch Perfect will immediately recognize Skylar Astin as one of the friends who remains upright, and Miles Teller breaks out of the serious drama mold he established in Rabbit Hole and Sundance’s The Spectacular Now. Twilight‘s Justin Chon nails the role I’m sure was initially pitched to him as “Mr. Chow-meets-Bernie-Lomax.”

The film opens in theaters tomorrow night, and you can see an exclusive video clip below, in which the two friends have to climb some frat’s “tower of power” to help Jeff Chang survive the night. There’s drinking games involved, Mardi Gras beads, and of course, a Wizard Elvis. READ FULL STORY

'21 and Over' trailer: 'The Hangover' meets 'Superbad,' with a college twist

Why aren’t more “one crazy night” movies set on college campuses, where copious alcohol and inexperienced drinkers combine to create a perfect storm of shenanigans? That’s the idea behind 21 and Over, an upcoming movie that follows two buddies (Pitch Perfect‘s Skylar Astin and Project X‘s Miles Teller) on a quest to treat their buttoned-up third friend (Justin Chon — a.k.a. Eric from the Twilight saga) to the best 21st birthday ever.

Along the way, the pals encounter Serbian pong players, a gun, a mass paddling administered by a kinky sorority, and, somehow, a buffalo — just what you’d expect from a script written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the team behind The Hangover and The Change-Up. Oh, and best of all: Dr. Pierre Chang of Lost is in it, too!


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