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The Call, Burt Wonderstone bow to Oz The Great and Powerful

Oz The Great and Powerful ranked first for the second week in a row with $42.2 million.

Oz The Great and Powerful repeated its chart-topping feat in its second week of release, ranking first in the US with $42.2 million for a running total of $145 million, cementing its place as 2013’s highest earner so far. The 3D fantasy adventure also topped the international charts, bringing in $46.6 million abroad.

The impressive holdover was followed on the charts by thriller The Call, which actually exceeded projections in the low teens to take in $17.1 million. The creepy crime drama stars Halle Berry as a police emergency telephone operator who receives a call from a kidnap victim, played by Abigail Breslin. The earnings represent a victory over the 2007 thriller starring Berry and Bruce Willis, Perfect Stranger ($11.2 million), but do not quite match the numbers of Berry’s 2003 Gothika ($19.3 million).

Disappointing critically and financially was The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which failed to live up to its grandiose title with a meager $10.3 million opening. The comedy stars Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi as magician partners who are rivaled by an up-and-coming David Blaine-esque street performer, played by Jim Carrey. The showman spoof has garnered comparisons to Blades of Glory, which sent up the world of professional figure skating, but debuted to a much stronger $33 million in 2007.

In fourth place, Jack the Giant Slayer continued to plummet with $6.2 million in its third weekend, bringing the $200 million-budgeted 3D fairytale to a gross total of $53.9 million so far. The ambitious project also ranked on the international charts, coming in third with $10.3 million. Back on the US charts, fifth place went to comedy Identity Thief with $4.5 million and an impressive total gross of $123.7 million through six weeks.

Snitch, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, landed in sixth place with $3.5 million, for a total of $37.3 million through four weeks. The undercover thriller debuts in the UK April 5. Major comedy flop 21 and Over took in $2.62 million in its third week, ranking seventh. UK audiences can see the rowdy college comedy May 3.

The gift that keeps on giving to distributor The Weinstein Company, Silver Linings Playbook again added substantive amount to its ever-growing sum. The critically lauded indie earned $2.58 million in its 18th week of release for a total of $124.6 million to date.

Filling in the US top 10 chart, Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven came in ninth with $2.5 million, bringing its running total to a healthy $67 million, while Escape From Planet Earth snagged tenth place with $2.3 million for the weekend and a total of $52 million.

On the international circuit, A Good Day to Die Hard ranked second with $20.4 million, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters ranked fourth with $6.2 million, and Warm Bodies rounded out the top five with a slight $4 million.

Next week, things should shake up a bit with the release of the Tina Fey comedy Admissions, Dreamworks Animation’s The Croods and thriller Olympus Has Fallen in the US. In the UK, The Croods will also debut alongside Identity Thief, Jack the Giant Slayer, and the Nicolas Cage thriller Stolen.

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