It's probably safe to say this was not the weekend Warner Bros. Studios had in mind when they cast Steve Carell and Jim Carrey in "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone". In it's opening weekend, the battle between the dueling magicians didn't exactly strike a magical cord with audiences, finishing third in the weekend box office race, according to early numbers released by the studios on Sunday.
Once again, it was "Oz the Great and Powerful" that came out on top, racking up over $42 million in its second weekend. Disney's journey back to the Land of Oz has conjured up an estimated $145,026,000 in just two weekends of release. The big box office numbers have already sparked talk of a sequel, with or without director Sam Raimi.
Coming in a distant second place is the Halle Berry thriller, "The Call", which managed a modest $17 million this past weekend. Then there is what may already be the biggest disappointment of the year, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone", finishing in third with an abysmal $10 million. It's probably pretty safe to say there won't be a sequel in the future for this one.
Managing to stick around in the top 5 during a surprisingly down St. Patrick's Day weekend is "Jack the Giant Slayer", in fourth place with $6 million and "Identity Thief" in fifth place with $4.5 million.
Next week, it will be interesting to see if "Oz the Great and Powerful" will be able to make it three weekends in a row. There is plenty of new films hitting theatres on March 22, including "Admission" with Tina Fey, "Stoker" starring Nicole Kidman, the action-thriller "Olympus Has Fallen" and "The Croods" featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds.
1. "Oz The Great and Powerful" (Disney): $42,222,000
2. "The Call" (TriStar): $17,100,000
3. "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" (Warner Bros.): $10,305,000
4. "Jack the Giant Slayer" (New Line): $6,220,000
5. "Identity Thief" (Universal): $4,519,000
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