Brazil

BOX OFFICE ACTUALS: Heavyweights Stay on Top, But 'Anna Karenina' Pulls Highest Per-Screen on March 20, 2013

Unsurprisingly, Oz: The Great and Powerful held on to the top spot on the Brazilian charts this weekend, with A Good Day to Die Hard clinging on to the #2 spot with $669K in its fourth week of release, barely enough to beat the locally made drama The Quest, starring Elite Squad's Wagner Moura. But what shouldn't get lost in the shuffle is the Keira Knightley period piece Anna Karenina's strong debut. A debut rank at #9 doesn't look like much, but Anna Karenina's per-screen haul was $6,909 -- the highest of any film in the top 30, and a full $2,600 above Oz's per-screen take. If demand keeps up, expect Knightley's art house flick to have legs. 

RANK

TITLE

GROSS

TOTAL

WEEKS

1

Oz: The Great and Powerful

$3.1M

$8.8M

2

2

A Good Day to Die Hard

$669K

$8.0M

4

3

The Quest

$611K

$611K

1

4

Beautiful Creatures

$468K

$3.9M

3

5

Broken City

$426K

$426K

1

6

Silver Linings Playbook

$338K

$7.4M

7

7

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

$278K

$24.0M

8

8

Deadfall

$265K

$265K

1

9

Anna Karenina

$277K

$277K

1

10

Love is All You Need

$106K

$364K

2

FIRST NUMBERS: 'Oz' Stays on Top in Brazil on March 17, 2013

Oz: the Great and Powerful easily kept command of the #1 slot on the Brazilian charts with an estimated $3 million in ticket sales, enough to push its total haul past $8 million in just two weeks of release. A Good Day to Die Hard looks to have narrowly beat out the Brazilian drama The Quest. Full box office breakdown expected shortly. 

PREDICTION: 'Oz' Expected to Easily Hold Off Eight Challengers on March 15, 2013

busca.jpgEight flicks open this weekend in Brazil, but not are expected to dethrone Oz: The Great and Powerful from the #1 spot on the charts. The biggest challengers are the low budget Hollywood thrillers An Escape, starring Eric Bana and Olivia Wilde, and Broken City, starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. But as neither of those flicks did much business stateside, they aren't carrying much, if any, buzz with them to Brazil. Local drama The Quest could fare better as it stars big name Brazilian actors Wagner Moura (Elite Squad) and Mariana Lima in a film about a married couple searching for their son, but with Oz reviews strong enough to ensure a second good weekend, expect to see the Wizard on top at the end of the weekend. 

Punk Biopic 'We're So Young' Scores Release Date on March 14, 2013

somos.jpgAfter a two-year delay, the punk rock biopic We're So Young, or Somos Tao Jovens, has pinned down a Brazilian release date of May 3rd. We're So Young is the story of Renato Russo, the infamous Brazilian rocker who was the singer and lead guitarist of the '80s band Legião Urbana, or Urban Legend, who sold nearly 20 million albums during their peak. Russo was a popular and polarizing figure in his home country. He was one of the first musicians to publicly announce his bisexuality in the song "Boys n' Girls," and surprised the nation when he died of AIDS at 36 years old, a secret sickness he's kept hidden for seven years. Thiago Mendonça (Two Sons of Francisco) stars as Russo, while Antonio Carlos da Fontoura (Gatão Half Age) produced and directed. Box office hopes are fairly optimistic for We're So Young as the now-defunct Legião Urbana continues to rack up album sales, and a similar punk rock/AIDS biopic, 2004's Cazuza: Time Don't Stop, was one of Brazil's biggest hits of that year.

BOX OFFICE ACTUALS: 'Oz' is Powerful in Brazil on March 12, 2013

Oz: The Great and Powerful easily dominated the Brazilian box office this week, facing only the fading success of A Good Day to Die Hard, and two other non-threatening debuts: the Danish romantic comedy Love is All You Need (which ranked 6th), and the indie black comedy Stand Up Guys with Christopher Walken (which ranked 10th). With a $3.7 million weekend -- nearly four times higher than its toughest competition -- Oz barely had to cast a spell to control the box office. But that doesn't mean Disney is happy. Oz's debut was barely half of Alice in Wonderland's $6 million opening weekend in 2010, which means it won't pull in anywhere close to Alice's $28.3 million total haul. 

RANK

TITLE

GROSS

TOTAL

WEEKS

1

Oz: The Great and Powerful

$3.7M

$3.7M

1

2

A Good Day to Die Hard

$1.0M

$6.8M

3

3

Beautiful Creatures

$850K

$3.1M

2

4

Silver Linings Playbook

$450K

$6.9M

6

5

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

$412K

$23.5M

7

6

Love is All You Need

$170K

$170K

1

7

Buddies

$168K

$561K

2

8

Les Miserables

$150K

$4.6M

6

9

Django Unchained

$126K

$6.7M

8

10

Stand Up Guys

$112K

$112K

1


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