Steve Carell‘s magician-themed comedy opened to a dismal $10.3 million at the domestic box office, trailing both and Halle Berry‘s new thriller , which overperformed in nabbing $17.1 million.
easily stayed at No. 1 in its second weekend, earning $42.2 million for a domestic total of $145 million — the top gross of 2013. Sam Raimi’s tentpole took in another $46.6 million overseas for a global haul of $281.8 million.
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Raunchy comedy — starring James Franco — made headlines at the specialty box office, where it opened to $270,000 from three theaters in Los Angeles and New York for a location average of $90,000, the best of 2013 and one of the top averages ever for a limited release. Directed by Harmony Korine’s, the R-rated pic also stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson and is distributed by upstart outfit A24.
Heading into the weekend, box office observers believed , which cost a modest $13 million to produce, would find itself in a close race with for No. 2. But the R-rated thriller, from Sony and TriStar, quickly pulled ahead thanks in part to an ethnically diverse audience.
In the film, Berry plays a 911 operator who receives a call from a girl (Abigail Breslin) 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.
earned a solid B+ CinemaScore, while New Line and Warner Bros.’ received a trouble C+ despite its star-studded cast, which includes Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin.
, a blow for Carell, marks the second New Line and Warner Bros. title to disappoint after .
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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).
, financed and produced by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, opened Friday in three theaters in New York and Los Angeles after having its U.S. debut Sunday at SXSW. A24 Pictures is backed by Guggenheim Partners, an investment group that also owns Dick Clark Productions and Guggenheim Digital Media, parent company of
It was a busy weekend for A24, which also released Sally Potter’s British coming-of-age drama , starring Elle Fanning and Alice Englert, Annette Bening and Christina Hendricks. Opening in three locations in Los Angeles and New York, the film grossed $45,000 for a per screen average of $15,000.
Post-World War II historical drama , starring Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones, upped its theater count to 311 locations in its second weekend, taking in $632,350 for a theater average of $2,033 and pushing its cume to $2 million. Roadside Attractions is releasing the film in the U.S.
Below are the top 10 estimates for the March 15-17 weekend at the domestic box office.
1. , 2/3,912, Disney, $42.2 million, $145 million
2. , 1/2,507, Sony/TriStar, $17.1 million
3. , 1/3,160, Warner Bros./New Line, $10 million
4. , 3/3,357, Warner Bros./New Line, $6.2 million, $53.9 million
5, 6/2,842, Universal, $4.5 million, $123.7 million
6. , 4/2,353, Lionsgate/Participant, $3.5 million, $37.3 million
7. , 3/2,424, Relativity Media, $2.61 million, $21.9 million
8. , 18/1,602, The Weinstein Co., $2.58 million, $124.6 million.
9. , 5/2,206, Relativity, $2.5 million, $67 million
10. , 5/2,211, The Weinstein Co, $2.3 million, $52.2 million