'Oz' debut tops box office

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"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.

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"Oz" tells the origin of the wizard, James Franco, with Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz as the trio of witches he encounters after crashing in the mystical realm of Oz.

"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

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