Oz Enchants America

'Dead Man Down' is dead, down in debut

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 10, 2013 2:15 PM CDT

(Newser) Oz the Great and Powerful cast a box office spell this weekend, overcoming lukewarm reviews and raking in $80.3 million—the third-highest March debut ever, says the Hollywood Reporter. That disarmed Jack the Giant Slayer, which tumbled 63% to $10 million. Identity Thief ($6.3 million) hung in there, Dead Man Down ($5.4 million) debuted a flop, and Snitch ($5.1 million) came in fifth. Meanwhile the post-World War II drama Emperor ($1 million), starring Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones, bowed in 75 key markets.

This film image released by FilmDistrict shows Noomi Rapace , left, and Colin Farrell in a scene from Dead Man Down.
This film image released by FilmDistrict shows Noomi Rapace , left, and Colin Farrell in a scene from "Dead Man Down."   (AP Photo/FilmDistrict, John Baer)
This film image released by Disney Enterprises shows James Franco, as Oz, left, and the character Finley, voiced by Zach Braff, are shown in a scene from Oz the Great and Powerful.
This film image released by Disney Enterprises shows James Franco, as Oz, left, and the character Finley, voiced by Zach Braff, are shown in a scene from "Oz the Great and Powerful."   (AP Photo/Disney Enterprises)
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