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‘Oz’ is great at box office

‘Oz’ proves powerful

“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, according to studio estimates Sunday. ‘‘Oz’’ tells the origin of James Franco as the wizard with Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz as the trio of witches he encounters after landing in the mystical realm of Oz. The film reportedly cost $200 million and opened a week after ‘‘Jack the Giant Slayer,’’ another big-budget 3-D extravaganza that reimagines a classic tale, flopped in its opening weekend, debuting with $28 million at the box office. ‘‘ ‘Oz’ is the shot in the arm that the industry needed,’’ said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. In its second weekend, ‘‘Jack’’ stomped out second place behind ‘‘Oz’’ with $10 million. ‘‘Jack,’’ based on the Jack and the Beanstalk fable, was directed by Bryan Singer and stars Nicholas Hoult and Ewan McGregor. The only other new release this weekend, the FilmDistrict revenge drama, ‘‘Dead Man Down,’’ starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, opened in fourth place with $5.3 million. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters are according to Hollywood.com. (AP)

Swift visits sick child

Taylor Swift has visited a young cancer patient in Nebraska. The singer was at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha on Saturday to see Lauren Hacker , 10. The Omaha World-
Herald reports the meeting was lobbied for on social media. It was later arranged by Lauren’s family and the singer’s representatives. Swift kicks off her worldwide tour Wednesday in Omaha. (AP)

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