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."   (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."   (AP Photo/Disney Enterprises)
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