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No. 1 'Oz' conjures up magical $80.3 million in box office debut

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

"Oz: The Great and Powerful" enjoyed a far better opening than "Jack the Giant Slayer" did last weekend, launching with a robust $80.3 million in the U.S. and Canada over the weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Studios. The film, which a person close to the movie said cost the studio 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 foreign markets.

The film's healthy debut...