Monday, March 18, 2013

A Great and Powerful Weekend at the Box Office

It's always really cool when films live up to their hype and even their names.

The film I have in mind with the above statement is none other than Oz: The Great and the Powerful, which is leading the box office again in its second weekend.

Earning $42.2 million domestically and $46.6 million overseas (which bumps its two week worldwide total to $281.8 million), Oz has easily become the biggest hit of 2013 so far.  And a big hit is what this film year has been sorely needing for the past few months.  Most of the films that have opened in 2013 have not done as well as the estimations originally claimed, and currently the box office is down a whopping 13 percent from the same time last year.

You don't have to know a lot about statistics and finance to know that a 13 percent drop in revenue is bad.

But with Oz's massive release worldwide, it would appear that the box office will be getting back up to normal speed soon enough.  And if that doesn't help, the veritable storm of incredibly hyped-up animated film (Despicable Me 2, The Croods, Monsters University) should be able to kick start the box office all by themselves.

Another film that is doing well in theaters is the thriller The Call.  In its opening weekend this week, it pulled in a nice $17.1 million domestically.  While that's almost nothing compared with Oz's profit, The Call is still doing much better than it was originally expected to do, and any film will take exceeded expectations as a success.

Here are the ticket sale for Friday March 15th through Sunday March 17th at U.S. and Canadian theaters (courtesy of the Star Tribune):

1. Oz: The Great and the Powerful - $42.2 million ($46.6 million international)
2. The Call - $17.2 million
3. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone - $10.3 million
4. Jack the Giant Slayer - $6.2 million ($10 million international)
5. Identity Thief - $4.5 million
6. Snitch - $3.5 million
7. 21 and Over - $2.6 million
8. Silver Linings Playbook - $2.6 million
9. Safe Haven - $2.5 million
10. Escape From Planet Earth - $2.3 million

Before I end this post, there are just a few announcements I'd like to make.

Firstly, HNED is now on Pinterest!  It's something I've been wanting to do for a little while, so over the weekend I just knuckled down and did it.  Currently there are five boards: Film Posters, Movie Production Stills, Video Game Stills, Star Wars, and the HNED Random Picture of the Day.  I'll try to update all of those boards daily with new pictures and whatnot, and I hope you all like it!  The link to the boards is under the Links tab up there or you can just click the little Pinterest icon on the right hand sidebar to go there.

Secondly, I've started my commentary series on the Star Wars Original Trilogy on The Holocron. I've only recorded one to Episode IV: A New Hope so far, but Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back will be coming later this week.  If you're interested, the Schedule tab on The Holocron site has a list of all of the commentaries that will be coming in the next month or so, and I think it's a pretty fun and diverse list.  I'm also planning on recording a podcast episode of all of the stuff I want to have the new Star Wars trilogy contain, which I hope will be interesting to most (if not all) of you.  So, long story short, be sure to check out The Holocron every weekend for a new podcast episode!

Finally, you all may want to plug your ears because The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey releases on DVD tomorrow and my fangirl screams get loudly obnoxious when it comes to anything related to Tolkien!  Who else is excited?  SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!  =D

 - Edessa, signing off


  1. I saw Oz with a couple of my friends when it came out. I thought it was a great film and had a lot of good pokes at the old film.

    I don't have Pintrest...maybe you could post some of the pictures on the Facebook page?

    1. I haven't seen the original yet (mainly due to the fact that I don't really like the general plot of "The Wizard of Oz"), but maybe I'll get around to seeing both one day. =P

      Actually, the handy thing is that you don't need a Pinterest account to actually access the boards. If you just click on the link-y thing *motions to Pinterest icon* it'll take you right to my profile where you can access all of the boards without an account. I tried it without being signed-in, and it worked like a charm. But I may post some more pictures on Facebook sometime. I guess we'll have to see how much time I have after school and all, lol! =D

  2. *Darth Talon rubs ears in pain* Ouch. Ya weren't kidding 'bout those fangirl screams, huh, Eddy?

    But yes, I'm looking forward to the Hobbit too! =D

  3. This movies are awesome! :D Yep, I couldn't wait for the Hobbit DVD! :)

  4. O__O You've never seen The Wizard of Oz??? *facepalm* *glances at Bucket Mountain rising higher and higher...* ... "That's no mountain." XP

  5. I think it's great how well Oz has been doing! It actually sold out every single showing at my theater the opening weekend, which is huge for where I live. It makes me so happy to see so many people enjoying movies like I do! :)


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