Oz the Great and Powerful opens with Oscar Diggs preforming magic tricks for a circus. However, Oscar is not a clean man. Instead, Oscar prefers to uses his magic tricks in cheating and trickery to increase his wealth . However, money he takes in is not enough and Oscar beings wanting more. After he's done the magic tricks, Oscar climbs into a balloon and takes off into the sky. However just as everything is going smoothly. a tornado appears on the horizon. The tornado draws Oscar closer and closer to it and Oscar prays to come out of this tragedy alive.
The tornado sets Oscar down in the magical land of Oz. Oscar marvels at this place, before being introduced to three witches: Theodora, Evanora, and Glinda. The three witches, though somewhat skeptical, believe that he fulfills a prophecy to one day set Oz free from the control of the Wicked witch. The inhabitants of the Emerald City are quite pleased to see Oscar as they also think that Oscar is the man who will one day set Oz free. Oscar is completely excited to not only be popular in his dirty terrible life, but to see all of the money and fine jewelry that he will be getting as the new ruler. But, there is a catch to this: The sisters, who despite seeing him are still not convinced that he is the one that the prophecy speaks of. Oscar learns that Oz is facing a threat of pure evil and vows to help in order to get the wealth.
With the help of some allies, Oscar begins the task of finding out who the evil people in Oz are before the wicked witch gains control. Throughout the course of his journeys, Oscar begins to grown as a man; he learns about compassion, friendship, and how to be a real man. Upon his victorious return, Oscar is given the kingdom
In first, holding firm, is “Oz: The Great and Powerful” to no one’s surprise. With its 62% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes, it managed to rake in an additional $41.3 million this week, bringing its grand total over $144 million. It’s a 48% drop, but it’s well on its way to making over $230 million before it drops from theaters. In second is the newcomer “The Call”, bringing in $17.1 million. With a rather disappointing 39% at Rotten Tomatoes, this movie will likely drop from the top 5 sooner rather than later.
Fans of “Oz: The Great and Powerful” can rejoice. Even though the prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” just hit theaters this week, a sequel has already been in the works for a few months. Good thing that “Oz” did well at the box office—it raked in over $80 million for its opening weekend. While there are no plot details out yet, the sequel will be penned by Mitchell Kapner, who co-wrote “Oz: The Great and Powerful” and is probably best known for writing “The Whole Nine Yards.
“Oz: The Great and Powerful” continues to sweep the box office, despite new competitors hitting theaters this weekend. The “Wizard of Oz” prequel, which stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams, held on tightly to the number one slot with $11.4 million on Friday, bringing its current domestic total to a whopping $114.2 million and making it the second film of the year to hit $100 million. It kept a wide margin between itself and other films in theaters this weekend, continuing to bring in steady viewership.
No real surprise here: “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” the newest Disney remake, opened to huge audiences this weekend. Touting itself as the prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” the James Franco-starring film grossed an impressive $80.2 million this weekend. On its opening night it raked in $24.1 million alone, and over the past few days far surpassed its anticipated $70 million opener. This gives “Oz” the rank of third best March film opening ever. “Hunger Games” holds the top ranking at a whopping $152.
1. “Oz: The Great and Powerful” Rated PG. When Oscar Diggs, 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, Evanora, and Glinda, 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.
We've been tracking this one for a long time, and at long last the first trailer has hit for "Oz: The Great and Powerful." With an impressive cast and "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi at the helm, the movie is a promising prospect for Disney, which has had a rough year with the disaster that was "John Carter." The movie is based on the book by L Frank Baum, and acts as a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," telling the story of how the wizard got to Oz in the first place.