The magic tricks of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” proved no match for the colorful wizardry of “Oz the Great and Powerful.” Last weekend’s #1 film remained box-office champ while “Wonderstone” fizzled in its debut. The weekend also saw the Halle Berry thriller “The Call” outperform industry expectations with a $17.1 million opening.
“Oz the Great and Powerful” collected $42.2 million during its second weekend in theaters for a 10-day total of $145 million. Overseas, Disney’s 3-D prequel of sorts to MGM’s 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” has made nearly $137 million. The Mouse House has already announced plans for a sequel, which is reportedly in the early script stages.
“Oz” star James Franco had plenty to celebrate over the weekend, as the R-Rated “Spring Breakers” posted the 10th-highest per-screen average of any live action film. The movie earned $270,000 in just two theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Filmmaker Harmony Korine’s party flick features Franco in a supporting role as a gun-toting gangster, alongside Selena Gomez, Ashely Benson and Vanessa Hudgens.
The #2 spot at the box-office belonged to “The Call,” which handily smacked down “Burt Wonderstone.” Berry plays a 911 operator in the low-budget thriller, which fended off the much higher profile Steve Carell magician-themed comedy. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” fizzled with just $10.3 million, coming in at #3 on the theater scorecard.
Industry forecasters had predicted that the two movies would compete for the #2 spot behind “Oz.” “Wonderstone” boasted the combined star power of Carell and Jim Carrey, who first worked together in the mega-hit “Bruce Almighty,” but it ultimately failed to connect with audiences or critics. People who saw the movie assigned it a C+ CinemaScore; at press time it sat at just 38 percent on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, which aggregates reviews. Reviews for “The Call” weren’t much better, but audiences who saw it gave it a B+ CinemaScore. Franchise flicks like the “X-Men” series and other ensembles aside, “The Call” ranked #3 among opening weekends for Berry, behind “Gothika” and “Swordfish.”
Big-budget bomb “Jack the Giant Slayer” was #4 with $6.2 million for a three-week total of $53.9 million. The Melissa McCarthy/Jason Bateman comedy “Identity Thief” rounded out the top five with $4.5 million for a $123.7 million total.
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