Not even a wicked witch could stop Oz the Great and Powerful from winning the box office in its first week of release. Sam Raimi's hyped fantasy film took in $80.3 million, making it the year's biggest opener so far. Last week's No. 1, Jack the Giant Slayer, slipped to No. 2 with $10 million. Identity Thief came in third with $6.3 million, and the week's other new release, Dead Man Down, followed with $5.4 million. Snitch rounded out the top five with $5.1 million.
Have you been sucked into a movie trailer recently because it used an awesome song you meant to look up later? That's why I've rounded up the tunes that popped out at me from recent trailers like Safe Haven, Identity Thief, and Pain & Gain. Click through to watch the trailers, find out what song is featured, and get a Spotify playlist of all the tracks at the end. Happy listening!
Revenge can be a powerful motivator — just ask Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace in the trailer for Dead Man Down. The two play Victor and Beatrice, who have both been crossed by gangster/all-around bad guy Alphonse Hoyt (Terrence Howard), and are now teaming up for justice. It's not a totally compliant union; Beatrice has pictures of Victor murdering a man and is using them to blackmail Victor into taking down Alphonse. Dominic Cooper also stars as Victor's partner.
I love a good crime thriller, but I'm on the fence as to whether this is going to be a solid smash-em-up flick or another generic action movie. What makes the trailer pop for me is Pink Floyd's powerful "Shine On You Crazy Diamond," but I don't know if this story is involving enough for a full-length movie. Dead Man Down opens March 8, and you can watch the trailer when you read more.