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Box office report: 'Oz' endures with $42.2 million; 'The Call' dials up better numbers than 'Burt Wonderstone'

James Franco had a great weekend at the box office. Not only did his $215 million blockbuster Oz The Great and Powerful top the chart for a second time, his edgy indie Spring Breakers made a big splash in limited release.

Oz dropped by a modest 47 percent to $42.2 million this weekend, lifting its domestic total to $145 million. In doing so, Oz surpassed Identity Thief to become the biggest hit of 2013 so far. Overseas, Oz hasn’t had quite as magical of a run. The film conjured another $46.6 million from 55 territories (about 85 percent of the international market) and has now grossed a $136.8 million abroad. The fact that the domestic total still leads the international total for an effects-driven spectacle is a testament to The Wizard of Oz’s enduring equity in American culture and its lack of such equity overseas. Still, let’s not pretend that Disney is sad about a 10-day total of $281.8 million worldwide. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Oz' wins Friday with $11.4 million; 'The Call' crushes 'Burt Wonderstone'

Disney’s $215 million adventure Oz The Great and Powerful kept marching right down the yellow brick road to profitability on its second Friday in theaters. The film, which crossed the $100 million mark on Thursday, its sixth day of release, earned another $11.4 million yesterday, putting it on pace for a $44 million weekend, a $146 million total, and an easy first-place finish.

In second, Halle Berry’s latest, The Call, performed way above expectations in 2,507 theaters. Distributor Sony/TriStar was only expecting the film to open in the $10-12 million range, but thanks to a robust $6.2 million Friday, the thriller is headed for an opening of about $17 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' will lack the magic of 'Oz'

A new magician movie and telephonic thriller are stepping onto the box office stage to take on the blockbuster wizard, Oz The Great and Powerful, this weekend. But Disney doesn’t need to worry. Here’s how the box office may play out:

1. Oz The Great and Powerful – $47 million

Disney’s $215 million Sam Raimi-directed fairy tale scored a blazing $79.1 million last weekend, and it has no chance of leaving the top spot this time around. Word-of-mouth on the film is solid, and neither of this weekend’s two newcomers will challenge Oz when it comes to attracting families. A 40-percent drop would give Oz a very great and very powerful second weekend of $47 million and a running total just shy of $150 million. READ FULL STORY

'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,' 'Evil Dead' to premiere at SXSW Film Festival

Austin, Texas is about to get magical. The South by Southwest Film Festival and Conference announced Tuesday that The Incredible Burt Wonderstone — starring Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi as famed Las Vegas magicians and Jim Carrey as the “stunt” magician who challenges their supremacy — will have its world premiere on Friday, March 8 as the festival’s opening night film. Veteran TV director Don Scardino (30 Rock2 Broke Girls) is helming the film, from a screenplay by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Horrible Bosses). The comedy costars Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, and James Gandolfini, and opens wide in theaters the following weekend, on March 15.

The SXSW Film Festival, which runs from March 8 – 16, also announced a handful of world premieres (and one U.S. premiere) to its 2013 slate. They include:  READ FULL STORY

'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' trailer: Jim Carrey and Steve Carell are magicians

In The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi play a pair of Vegas magicians with great hair and outlandish outfits. They have to face off against the competition from a rockstar competitor played by Jim Carrey, whose “magic” amounts to a series of visceral physical stunts. So basically, think Siegried & Roy vs. Criss Angel Mindfreak.

Between Burt Wonderstone and Now You See Me, Hollywood is really hitting this magic craze. Can a reboot of Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed be far behind? (But seriously: How did they make a tank disappear?) Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

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