Magazine article Screen International

Oz Holds Firm at UK Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Oz Holds Firm at UK Box Office

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Disney's 3D prequel records second consecutive week as number one and climbs to $11.6m (£7.7m) to date.

In an otherwise soft market, Oz the Great and Powerful recorded an excellent second weekend to retain top spot at the UK box office.

Disney's 3D prequel grossed an additional $3.9m (£2.6m), climbing to $11.62m (£7.68m) to date. The strong hold means it will surpass Mirror Mirror's UK tally of $11.64m (£7.69m) today, even if it will still finish behind Disney's Alice in Wonderland's sterling $64.4m (£42.5m) haul.

In terms of 2013 releases, Oz is currently the eighth biggest and should receive a boost from the upcoming Easter school holidays, even if it'll face stiff family competition from the likes of The Croods, which enjoyed healthy previews this weekend that will be added to its opening weekend.

Also for Disney, Wreck-It Ralph remained in this week's top five at fourth and is up to $33.3m (£22m) following a $644,000 (£425,844) weekend, while Monsters Inc 3D has grossed $3.6m (£2.4m) to date ahead of the 3D re-release of Finding Nemo on March 29.

Steven Soderbergh's alleged swansong Side Effects enjoyed a sturdy hold to take $1.1m (£759,363) from its 371 sites in its second weekend. eOne's thriller has now amassed $3.4m (£2.3m) after ten days in play.

Also for eOne, Parker is up to $1.9m (£1.2m) after a $466,000 (£308,335) weekend.

One of the new releases to suffer this weekend was Warner Bros' The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. The comedy could only manage a $449,000 (£296,812) debut from its 388 sites for a weak average of $1,158 (£765) per site. …

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