4 March 2013 3:01 AM, PST | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

Exclusive: After this past weekend’s Jack The Giant Slayer bombed for Warner Bros, Wall Street is understandably nervous about another movie costing $200 million and opening the very next Friday. But the business media morons who keep writing headlines like “Oz The Great And Powerful Could Be Disney’s Next John Carter Flop” need to get a clue. Granted, tracking is less and less an accurate indicator of actual theatrical performance. But my insiders including rival studios are now projecting a sweet $80+ million first weekend for this March tentpole. (Whereas John Carter, which also cost $200M, only opened to $30.1M and made just $73M domestically all-in.) That opening by far would be the biggest domestic film debut of what has been a disappointing 2013 start for Hollywood pics. It also cements director Sam Raimi as the real deal when it comes to helming box office blockbusters. (After steering the original Spider-Man »


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