17 March 2013 11:36 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

James Franco is the king of the weekend box office with the #1 movie, "Oz: The Great and Powerful," and the year's top limited release debut with "Spring Breakers."

As expected, "Oz" repeated in the top slot of the box office chart after its massive bow last weekend. With an estimated $42.2 million second weekend gross, Disney's prequel has reached $145 million in just 10 days and slipped a reasonable-for-an-event-movie 47% from last weekend. Sam Raimi's film is not the powerhouse Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" was, but continues to perform respectably and is easily the highest grossing film of 2013 to date.

Meanwhile, the heavily buzzed about "Spring Breakers" starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson alongside Franco as a gangster named "Alien" opened with an eye-popping $270,000 in just three theaters for an excellent $90,000 per screen average. The film's broader appeal will be tested next weekend when it expands to several hundred theaters. »

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