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Yes, Jack the Giant Slayer landed with an epic thud at the box office last week, but don't expect that misbegotten project to put a dent in Hollywood's enthusiasm for expensive films based on fairy tales: When these things hit, they hit big, as the billion-dollar gross of Tim Burton's 2010 take on Alice in Wonderland proves. This weekend, Disney will launch Oz the Great and Powerful, another fantasy epic with broad brand-name recognition, and there are plenty more fairy-tale projects coming down the pike after that. (You can't quibble with a public-domain property that could generate a billion bucks!) Can any of these eight projects hit Alice-level highs, or are they cursed like Jack and Red Riding Hood to suffer an unhappy ending? Maleficent It's long been a dream of Angelina Jolie's to play the "Mistress of All Evil" from Sleeping Beauty, and she once had Tim Burton »


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