'Oz' debut tops box office
"Oz the Great and Powerful" clicked with moviegoers.
Disney's 3-D prequel to the classic L. Frank Baum tale "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" debuted in first place and earned $80.3 million at the weekend box office in the United States and Canada, according to studio estimates Sunday.
"Oz," directed by "Spider-Man" trilogy mastermind Sam Raimi, was a gamble that looks like it will pay off for the Walt Disney Co. The film reportedly cost $200 million and opened a week after "Jack the Giant Slayer," another big-budget 3-D extravaganza, flopped in its opening weekend, debuting with $28 million at the box office. -- AP