Thumbnail image for oz-the-great-and-powerful-day-box-office-100-million.jpgDisney prequel “Oz: The Great and Powerful” easily continues its box office dominance this weekend, far outpacing a disappointing debut for Steve Carell and Jim Carrey’s comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and a stronger-than-expected bow for Halle Berry’s thriller “The Call.”

“Oz” brought in $11.4 million on Friday to top $114 million in just eight days of release. The big budget movie opened to nearly $80 million last weekend and is expected to post a solid hold in weekend two with around $42 million.

“The Call” followed on Friday with $6.2 million. Current estimates are over $16 million for the weekend which would exceed industry expectations for the modestly budgeted thriller also starring Abigail Breslin.

That easily topped “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” which earned $3.7 million on Friday for an estimated weekend around $11 million. That’s a big disappoint for a comedy with the combined starpower of Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, plus Steve Buscemi and Olivia Wilde in supporting roles. Even worse, audiences polled by CinemaScore graded “Wonderstone” a poor C+ which indicates lackluster word of mouth ahead.

Full estimates will be available tomorrow.

Box office Top 5 for Friday, March 15:
1. “Oz” $11.4 million
2. “The Call” $6.2 million
3. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” $3.7 million
4. “Jack the Giant Slayer” $1.7 million
5. “Identity Thief” $1.3 million

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