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Box Office Report: ‘Burt Wonderstone’ Losing Friday to Halle Berry’s ‘The Call’


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"Oz the Great and Powerful" will beat both new entries with a projected $40 million weekend.

Steve CarellJim Carrey comedy isn’t generating too many laughs at the Friday box office, where it is losing to fellow new entry , starring Halle Berry.

From New Line and Warner Bros., may only gross $12 to $13 million in its debut — one of the lowest results for a Carell or Carrey broad comedy.

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Sony/TriStar’s R-rated thriller , starring Berry opposite Abigail Breslin, should come in $2 million higher, although if draws families on Saturday it could pull ahead.

That doesn’t mean that either film will come in No. 1, however. Disney’s will continue to dominate the box office chart in its second weekend with a gross in the $40 million range. jumped the $100 million mark on Thursday for a North American cume of $102.8 million.

reteams Carell and Carrey, who worked together on . The new film also stars Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, Steve Buscemi and James Gandolfini

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If underperforms, it will mark the second New Line and Warner Bros. title to disappoint this month, after . But with a production price tag of $32 million, is far less of a financial risk. Directed by Don Scardino, the comedy tells the story of Burt Wonderstone (Carell), a Las Vegas magician who reteams with a former partner (Buscemi) to take on up-and-coming street magician Steve Gray (Carrey).

Box-office observers believe , which cost a modest $13 million to produce, could overperform if it does well among African-American moviegoers, a demo Sony targeted, in addition to women.

In the film, Berry plays a 911 operator who receives a call from a girl who has been abducted. The operator soon learns she must confront a killer (Michael Eklund) from her past. Brad Anderson directed the film, which was produced and financed by Troika Pictures and WWE Studios.

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