Box office update: 'Oz' crushes 'Burt Wonderstone'
Disney’s $215 million adventure Oz The Great and Powerful kept marching right down the yellow brick road to profitability on its second Friday in theaters. The film, which crossed the $100 million mark on Thursday, its sixth day of release, earned another $11.4 million yesterday, putting it on pace for a $44 million weekend, a $146 million total, and an easy first-place finish.
In second, Halle Berry’s latest, The Call, performed way above expectations in 2,507 theaters. Distributor Sony/TriStar was only expecting the film to open in the $10-12 million range, but thanks to a robust $6.2 million Friday, the thriller is headed for an opening of about $17 million. That’s a great start, considering the R-rated film only cost about $15 million to produce and TriStar paid much less to acquire U.S. distribution rights.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone reached into its top hat and pulled out… well, not a fluffy white rabbit. The magician film, which stars Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey, earned a decidedly un-magical $3.7 million from 3,160 theaters. Distributor Warner Bros., which is already suffering the $195 million bomb Jack the Giant Slayer, can’t catch a break lately. Burt Wonderstone may only take in $10 million this weekend. Fortunately, its $32 million budget is a whole lot smaller than Jack‘s.
1. Oz The Great and Powerful – $11.4 million
2. The Call – $6.2 million
3. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – $3.7 million
4. Jack the Giant Slayer – $1.8 million
5. Identity Thief – $1.4 million
Check back tomorrow for the full box office report.
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