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Oz does it again, floats to top of box office

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

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Movie audiences like magicians but they want them in the form of the future Wizard of Oz, rather than Burt Wonderstone and company. 
 
“Oz the Great and Powerful” proved it has staying power, finishing at No. 1 for the weekend. “The Call,” which probably would have done even better business had it been rated PG-13 instead of R, landed in second place.
 
It stars Halle Berry as a 911 operator trying to save the life of an abducted teenager, played by Abigail Breslin, pictured below at a mall where she and a friend had been shopping and eating.  The friend has to rush off to pick up her brother and leaves Bresllin's character alone, setting the stage for a kidnapping in the parking garage. 
 
Here are the early numbers from hollywood.com: 
 
1. “Oz the Great and Powerful” — $42,222,000, for $145,026,000 in North America so far. 
2. “The Call” — $17,100,000.
3. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” — $10,305,000.
4. “Jack the Giant Slayer” — $6,220,000, for $53,913,000 since release. 
5. “Identity Thief” — $4,518,780, bringing its total to $123,705,645. 
6. “Snitch” — $3,500,000, for $37,260,000 to date. 
7. “21 and Over” — $2,619,000, for $21,867,773 
8. “Silver Linings Playbook” — $2,587,000, for $124,613,179 in 18 weeks of very slow release. 
9. “Safe Haven” — $2,495,000, nudging its overall take to $66,952,810. 
10. “Escape from Planet Earth” — $2,327,000, for $52,165,581 so far. 
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