Disney's 'Oz' bewitches box office with $80M debut

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 11 at 6:02 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Oz the Great and the Power" clicked with moviegoers.

Disney's 3-D prequel to "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" earned $80.3 million and debuted at No. 1 at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Oz" reportedly cost $200 million with another $100 million in estimated marketing costs. The film stars James Franco as the wizard and Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz as the three witches he encounters in the mystical realm of Oz.

The Warner Bros. 3-D action extravaganza "Jack the Giant Slayer" stomped out second place with $10 million.

The Universal comedy "Identity Thief" captured $6.3 million at No. 3.

The FilmDistrict revenge drama "Dead Man Down" starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace opened in the No. 4 position with $5.43 million.

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