If a new release beats "Oz" it would be a huge upset that could redefine the word. It is not likely that the spoof "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" will do it.
But, that is the movie that has the highest release count going in to the weekend. Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey lead this comedy. However, it has a packed cast. So, if it bombs, who to blame? This cast also includes Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini, Alan Arkin and Jay Mohr. OK, we will know who to blame. It if does well, they should take the credit, too. If movie-goers respond, then the audience simply needed to escape and laugh.
1. "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" - 3,100+ theaters
2. "The Call" - 2,500 theaters
3. "Upside Down" - 11 theaters
4. "Spring Breakers" - 2 theaters
As for "Spring Breakers," it gets a very slow roll out this weekend but only gets in 550 theaters on March 22. This is an odd one. It has Selena Gomez and friends romping around, which seems to appeal to those fans, and then the Justin Bieber fans, right? So, why not a bigger roll out? Or will those younger Bieber fans turn away because of those relationship woes between the two?
That is thinking too deep in to the matter. It is most likely that "Spring Breakers" is not for that audience (it is R-rated) and the studio knows it and thus, they are treading lightly. If the movie opens big, they have to explain the motive and the reason they have this former Disney star running around and stealing money to fund her spring break adventures.
The character and her friends get bailed out by a drug dealer. Good plot for a former Disney girl. Or, even more likely - it is just plain bad and not worthy of a huge roll out. By the way, James Franco is in it, too. It has already grossed $2.7 million overseas.
The thriller "The Call" stars Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin. But, "Oz" is still going strong as the week progressed and will be tough to beat in its second weekend.