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Oz remains on top in US as Halle Berry's The Call beats Burt Wonderstone

The Call

OZ The Great & Powerful has remained at the top of the US box office for a second weekend with an impressive sophomore haul of $42.2 million.

The figure brings its US figure to $145 million, making it the highest grossing film of 2013 to date. Globally, it also performed well, raking in $46.6 million for an international haul of $281.8 million.

Oz‘s continued success came at the expense of one of the weekend’s higher profile releases, the Steve Carell-Jim Carrey comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which bombed.

The magician comedy took $10.3 million and marked another flop for distributor Warner Bros off the back of the costly Jack The Giant Slayer and the under-performing Gangster Squad.

Commenting on the disappointment, Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, said: “We’ve had had a rough start to the year, but we’ll turn things around. The budget for Burt Wonderstone was reasonable, but unfortunately the film didn’t work. It wasn’t for lack of trying.”

The studio has blockbusters The Hangover Part III, The Great Gatsby and Man of Steel due to open over the coming months.

The weekend’s big success was Halle Berry’s latest, The Call (pictured), which over-performed to land second spot with $17.1 million.

The film sees Berry playing a 911 operator who receives a call from a girl (Abigail Breslin) who has been abducted, only to discover that she must confront a killer (Michael Eklund) from her past.

Going into the weekend, Sony Pictures had been anticipating an opening in the region of $3 million. But the film beat Burt Wonderstone on its way to second spot.

The remainder of the US top five was filled by Jack The Giant Slater in ourtb and Identity Thief in fifth.

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