Oz The Great And Powerful Is King At The Box Office & Gets A Sequel
Sam Raimi's Oz The Great And Powerful comes in this weekend at the top of the box office bringing in a whopping $150 million.
The U.S. take for the Wizard of Oz prequel from Disney brought in just over $80 million with an international net of around $70 million.
To put the numbers in some perspective, last year at this time from Disney saw John Carter debut with a disappointing $30 million.
So with numbers that Oz The Great And Powerful has been bringing in it comes as a no-brainer that Disney has already green lit a sequel, albeit without Sam Raimi returning to helm.
Mitchell Kapner, screenwriter on the first, will be writing the sequel.
Disney's fantastical adventure "Oz The Great and Powerful," directed by Sam Raimi,imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.