"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" would have to pull a rabbit out of its hat to avoid a disappearing act at the box office.
Despite its bigger budget and higher-profile cast, the magic comedy starring
As for the No. 1 spot?
It will almost certainly be claimed once again by “
Meanwhile, both "Burt Wonderstone" and "The Call" are likely to start off with around $15 million. For weeks, it seemed that "Wonderstone" had the edge over the
"Wonderstone" follows a burned-out, old school Las Vegas magician (Carell) who faces a threat from an edgier street performer (Carrey). While a $15-million opening would normally be considered lackluster,
So far, the movie hasn’t received particularly warm reviews, but if audiences like it this weekend, it could generate enough buzz to become a decent performer for the studio. New Line is in need of some good news, as the company is primed to lose tens of millions after its near-$200-million
After his more recent dramatic turns in films like
The picture could prove to be a modest win for Berry, whose personal life has been in the news more than her professional one since she won a best actress Oscar for her performance in 2001's "Monster's Ball." (Last year, Berry was in the midst of a messy custody battle which played out in the tabloids.)
Without the help of a strong cast around her, the actress has had trouble attracting audiences. While the "X-Men" franchise and the ensemble film