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LOS ANGELES -- A week after a nearly $200-million movie debuted with a flop, another big-budget 3D film proved to be box-office magic.

Oz the Great and Powerful enjoyed a far better opening than Jack the Giant Slayer did, launching with a robust $80.3 million in the United States and Canada over the weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Studios.

The newer film, which a person close to the movie said cost roughly $235 million to produce, had the biggest launch of the year, not only domestically but also internationally. Overseas, Oz raked in a respectable $69.9 million from 46 markets.

The movie's healthy debut provided a much-needed box-office boost in the U.S. and Canada, where ticket sales have lagged for the last six weeks.

-- Los Angeles Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 11, 2013 D2

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