Two fantasy big budget films are coming out in the next two weeks. Bryan Singer directs Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor and Bill Nighy in “Jack the Giant Slayer”. Sam Raimi directs James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and more in “Oz the Great and Powerful”. Which one will reign supreme?

Both look to offer twists on classic children’s tales, a hot genre as of late with “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters”. Of these two upcoming films, Oz has the most going for it. A great marketing campaign, more beloved characters and Disney is clearly hoping for an “Alice in Wonderland”, which had Tim Burton directing Johnny Depp, sized success. I don’t think it will reach those levels, but expect Oz to open very big. Normally I’d say coming out second would hurt it, but not a lot of people are excited about “Jack the Giant Slayer”. “Jack the Giant Slayer” featured some off beat humor. And while it might work perfectly well in the context of the film, it just came off as weird in the trailers. And the giants looked like leftovers from Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro’s imaginations. Not to mention “Jack the Giant Slayer” lacks the star power of a Franco. Oz has also been positioned as the first “event” film of the year and had a Super Bowl and Oscars commercial. All that equals to a big opening for Oz while Jack is headed for “John Carter” like numbers.

I think Jack will open to the high 30s and maybe low 40s, but Oz could approach $70-80 million.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

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