14th March 2013
At the UK box office this week Sam Raimi has his latest film turn into a blockbuster for Disney with Oz The Great and Powerful debuting at number 1.
A weekend gross of £3.7 million is enough for Oz to knock last weeks top film, Hansel and Gretel right down to the 6th place, the Witch Hunter film suffering a massive drop in it's second weekend of release.
Oz, a prequel to the classic The Wizard of Oz, had a strong opening but did not manage one of the top opening of all time.
Last year Disney was celebrating with a top spot debut for John Carter, it was no where near as strong as Oz, and terrible reviews killed it quickly, but the opening weekend was just why of £2 million.
Five years ago the Dennis Quaid vehicle Vantage point was the top film, making it's debut there with £1.4 million.
Ten years ago Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Fiennes were doing the romantic thing at the top with Maid In Manhattan which took £2.5 million on it's debut.
Fifteen years ago it was still all about Titanic at the top, having made £44.5 million by now with the highest new film Oscar winning Good Will Hunting debuting at 2.
Twenty years ago Dracula was still the top film while Steven Segal was fighting terrorists on a boat in Under Siege.