Steve Carell and Jim Carrey may play magicians in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," but there is no likely to be no sleight of hand that will defeat the wizardry of "Oz the Great and Powerful" at the box-office this weekend.
Last weekend's #1 film, hailed as the first true blockbuster of 2013 after its mammoth $79.1 million debut, should have no problem fending off competition from "Wonderstone" and the Halle Berry thriller "The Call," which will compete for #2.
Disney's prequel-of-sorts to the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz" enjoyed the third largest March opening of all time. There's already a sequel in the script stage and industry experts predict a second weekend around $40 million.
"When a film makes as much money as 'Oz' did in its first week, those who missed it won't want to be left out of the national conversation," MovieFanatic.com's Joel Amos said.
"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" has Carell center stage, with box-office titan Carrey in more of a supporting role. It's likely to collect about $15 million to $16 million, according to reports, which should put it in close competition with "The Call," which is expected to do about the same. Neither movie was too expensive for their respective studios. Warner Bros. New Line division, which made "Wonderstone," was also responsible for the recent big-budget flop "Jack the Giant Slayer." The movie opened at #1, but with a production budget of nearly $200 million, the movie's $50 million total thus far is dismal.
"Oz" star James Franco has a supporting role in "Spring Breakers," which opens in New York and Los Angeles this weekend and expands further the following weekend. Franco plays a Miami thug engaging in all sorts of shocking acts of sex, drugs and violence with a group of college girls. One scene includes a threesome with Vanessa Hudgens, Franco and Ashley Benson, which Hudgens recently told MTV News is the scene that "most scared" her.
"It is a film that will divide audiences and that is sure to peak some curiosity, but more often than not, it will send audiences running," said Amos. "It feels more exploitative than experimental. Rarely have I seen a film so divisive. Some critics are calling it 'genius' while others are calling it 'trash.' That division will likely turn away audiences, who will wait for it to hit DVD."
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