'Oz' conjures up more N. America box office magic

LOS ANGELES- Big-budget 3D fantasy adventure flick "Oz the Great and Powerful" for a second straight weekend was the top film at North American movie houses, earning $42.2 million, industry estimates showed.
Starring James Franco as a circus magician who ends up on the Yellow Brick Road, "The Wizard of Oz" prequel had a two-week total of $145 million, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Image by Tom Sorensen. Accessed via Wikipedia.
Image by Tom Sorensen. Accessed via Wikipedia.
Second place went to "The Call," which debuted with $17.1 million in sales. The film thriller stars screen siren Halle Berry as a 911 operator trying to rescue a young girl who has been abducted.
In third was a comedy, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," starring Steve Carell as a washed up magician who joins forces with street performer Jim Carrey, a street performer. It earned $10.3 million in its first weekend in theaters.
Fourth place went to was "Jack the Giant Slayer," which stars Nicholas Hoult in the title role as a young farmhand battling giants to save a princess. It brought in $6.2 million in its third week.
"Identity Thief," a comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, was fifth, with $4.5 million in receipts.
Action film "Snitch" starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson came win sixth place with $3.5 million in takings.
Seventh place went to "21 & Over," about three carousing colleges students celebrating a birthday milestone. It earned $2.6 million.
The Oscar-winning "Silver Linings Playbook" came in eight place with $2.6 million.
"Safe Haven," a romantic drama adapted from a novel by Nicholas Sparks, earned $2.5 million for the ninth spot.
To round out the top 10, animated kids movie "Escape from Planet Earth," earned $2.3 million.

Monday, March 18th 2013

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