james franco oz spring breakers 2013 Box office: James Franco's 'Oz,' 'Spring Breakers' score; Halle Berry's 'Call' surprisesJames Franco is the king of the weekend box office with the #1 movie, “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” and the year’s top limited release debut with “Spring Breakers.”

As expected, “Oz” repeated in the top slot of the box office chart after its massive bow last weekend. With an estimated $42.2 million second weekend gross, Disney’s prequel has reached $145 million in just 10 days and slipped a reasonable-for-an-event-movie 47% from last weekend. Sam Raimi’s film is not the powerhouse Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” was, but continues to perform respectably and is easily the highest grossing film of 2013 to date.

Meanwhile, the heavily buzzed about “Spring Breakers” starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson alongside Franco as a gangster named “Alien” opened with an eye-popping $270,000 in just three theaters for an excellent $90,000 per screen average. The film’s broader appeal will be tested next weekend when it expands to several hundred theaters.

The weekend’s two new wide releases opened at opposite ends of expectations. Halle Berry’s thriller “The Call” overperformed with $17.1 million. Budgeted at only $13 million and benefiting from a targeted ad campaign, the movie clearly connected with its audience.

On the other hand, Steve Carell and Jim Carrey’s magician comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” proved it can make ticket buyers disappear with an underwhelming $10.3 million opening. “Wonderstone” is just the latest in a string of 2013 disappointments for Warner Bros. following “Gangster Squad,” “Bullet to the Head,” “Beautiful Creatures” and “Jack the Giant Slayer,” but the studio has a promising summer to look forward to with the release of “The Hangover Part III,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Man of Steel,” “Pacific Rim” and “The Conjuring.”

Next weekend brings the wide release of animated cavemen comedy “The Croods,” Gerard Butler action thriller “Olympus Has Fallen” and Tina Fey and Paul Rudd’s dramedy “Admission.”

Box office top 10 (estimates for March 15-17, 2013):

1 “Oz The Great and Powerful” $42.2 million; week 2; total: $145 million
2 “The Call” $17.1 million; week 1
3 “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” $10.3 million; week 1
4 “Jack the Giant Slayer” $6.2 million; week 3; total: $53.9 million
5 “Identity Thief” $4.5 million; week 6; total: $123.7 million
6 “Snitch” $3.5 million; week 4; total: $37.3 million
7 “21 and Over” $2.6 million; week 3; total: $21.9 million
8 “Silver Linings Playbook” $2.6 million; week 18; total: $124.6 million
9 “Safe Haven” $2.5 million; week 5; total: $66.95 million
10 “Escape From Planet Earth” $2.3 million; week 5; total: $52.2 million

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