Disney’s ‘Oz’ granted $79.1M debut at box office

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It was a golden opening for “Oz the Great and the Powerful.”

Disney’s 3-D prequel to the classic L. Frank Baum tale “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” debuted in first place and earned $79.1 million at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates released Monday.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” Disney, $79,110,453, 3,912 locations, $20,223 average, $79,110,453, one week.

2. “Jack the Giant Slayer,” Warner Bros., $9,839,135, 3,525 locations, $2,791 average, $43,630,504, two weeks.

3. “Identity Thief,” Universal, $6,334,220, 3,002 locations, $2,110 average, $116,545,105, five weeks.

4. “Dead Man Down,” FilmDistrict, $5,345,250, 2,188 locations, $2,443 average, $5,345,250, one week.

5. “Snitch,” Lionsgate, $5,098,235, 2,340 locations, $2,179 average, $31,853,362, three weeks.

6. “21 and Over,” Relativity, $5,091,384, 2,771 locations, $1,837 average, $16,875,359, two weeks.

7. “Safe Haven,” Relativity, $3,753,384, 2,541 locations, $1,477 average, $62,837,481, four weeks.

8. “Silver Linings Playbook,” Weinstein Co., $3,618,171, 1,727 locations, $2,095 average, $120,622,513, 17 weeks.

9. “Escape From Planet Earth,” Weinstein Co., $3,218,923, 2,549 locations, $1,263 average, $47,844,105, four weeks.

10. “The Last Exorcism Part II,” CBS Films, $3,167,040, 2,700 locations, $1,173 average, $12,129,639, two weeks.

11. “A Good Day to Die Hard,” Fox, $2,121,030, 1,725 locations, $1,230 average, $63,367,431, four weeks.

12. “Life of Pi,” Fox, $1,579,462, 671 locations, $2,354 average, $119,367,614, 16 weeks.

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