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Disney’s got a lot riding on Oz: The Great and Powerful — namely, a $215 million budget. (And it’s likely even higher than that.) Fortunately for the Mouse House, the Sam Raimi-directed film is poised to conquer the box office with ease this weekend.

The studio scored a pot of gold with Alice in Wonderland in 2010, which rode the post-Avatar 3-D wave all the way to $334.2 million domestically and $1.02 billion worldwide. The fantasy film, which also opened in March, started with $116.1 million on opening weekend, but without the cachet of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, it’s unlikely that »


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