Color saturation and ThreeDeediness is the weekend theme.
Sam Raimi’s 3D blockbuster, Oz the Great and Powerful, is gearing up for an impressive $23 million haul Friday with a projected $80 million for the weekend. ...
Lots of critics are saying Oz doesn't compare to the "iconic" 1939 film, but most everybody forgets this minor fact:
The 1939 classic cost nearly $3 million -- MGM's most expensive film that year. Though released to much fanfare, it lost money until 1956 ... "Oz" was neither a commercial or critical success. The New Yorker said it had "no trace of imagination, good taste or integrity" ...
See, everybody turns handsprings over the original, and I remember seeing it as a kid on grandpa's round-screened color t.v., but the epic was a money loser for close to twenty years. It took a long run on television to turn its reputation around.
Everybody now remembers it as this awesome hit, this jaw-dropping game changer, but it wasn't. Gone With the Wind was the monster in 1939, which gave a big boost to three-strip Technicolor.
Add On: To nobody's surprise, Oz the Great and Powerful rakes in moolah:
Disney's 3-D prequel to the classic L. Frank Baum tale "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" debuted in first place and earned $80.3 million at the weekend box office in the U.S. and Canada and $69.9 million overseas, according to studio estimates Sunday. ...
Weekend Box Office
1 Oz The Great and Powerful $80,278,000
2 Jack the Giant Slayer $10,020,000 ($43,811,000)
3 Identity Thief $6,319,000 ($116,530,000)
4 Dead Man Down $5,350,000
5 Snitch $5,100,000 ($31,855,000)
6 21 and Over $5,056,000 ($16,840,000)
7 Safe Haven $3,800,000 ($62,884,000)
8 Silver Linings Playbook $3,745,000 ($120,749,000)
9 Escape From Planet Earth $3,207,000 ($47,832,000)
10 The Last Exorcism Part II $3,120,000 ($12,083,000)
20 Wreck-It Ralph $409,000 ($187,912,00)
26 Rise of the Guardians $224,000 ($102,679,000)