10 March 2013 6:37 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Oz: The Great and Powerful from director Sam Raimi and starring James Franco needed little magic to conquer the North American box office this weekend, earning nearly twice as much as the rest of the top ten films combined. The highly-anticipated fantasy feature knocked the Warner big budget flop Jack the Giant Slayer from top spot and held off weak fellow newcomer Dead Man Down, which had a horrible debut in fourth place. Overall, the top ten jumped 43% over last weekend's totals and 9% from the same weekend last year.

Mirroring the March 2010 release of Disney's Alice in Wonderland, Oz: The Great and Powerful debuted on 3,912 screens - many of which were 3D and IMAX 3D - and resuscitated a dormant box office to the tune of $80.2 million. The massive opening ranks third among the all-time top March openings right behind Alice in Wonderland's $116 million and The Hunger Games' $152 million one year ago. »

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