THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE

It feels like Warner Brothers was slow on their game with The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, but maybe that’s just because there’s not much of a movie there. The movie has Steve Carell and Jim Carrey as rival magicians, and that points out the duo starred opposite each other a decade ago in Bruce Almighty. But now Carell is more of a draw. Which makes alphabetical sense at least.

That’s the biggest new movie hitting theaters this weekend, as the only other picture going wide is The Call, which isn’t going to do all that well. There’s a whole genre of woman dealing with psychos/stalkers that all goes back to Silence of the Lambs, that somehow took a detour into Ashley Judd-ville. But that genre seemed to die off around the time of Untraceable, starring Diane Lane and Colin Hanks, which came out five years ago.

Back to Burt Wonderstone. Audiences like the performers, but the high concept isn’t that appealing, and there’s nothing fresh about this film. Perhaps as the only big comedy out right now, it could draw, but it isn’t as high profile as Oz: The Great and Powerful, which should still be doing bang-up business.

So, let’s look at some numbers:

  1. Oz: The Great and Powerful - $43.5 Million
  2. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone – $22 Million
  3. The Call – $7.5 Million
  4. Jack the Giant Slayer – $4.8 Million
  5. Identity Thief – $3.7 Million

And then Sunday we’ll figure out how right and wrong I am.

What are you going to watch this weekend?