‘Burt Wonderstone’ Opens to Test Carell, Carrey’s Box Office Appeal

Friday, March 15, 2013
By Kevin Crossman

Burt Wonderstone Poster

Burt Wonderstone Poster

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone opens in theaters today. The comedy about Las Vegas magicians is suffering from poor reviews, but as we saw with Identity Thief bad reviews may not impact the box office when you have two hot stars. So, for the studio, the test today is not necessarily to see if audiences will laugh but whether two high-profile comedy stars can still put butts in the seats.

Steve Carell’s 2012 films included a supporting role in the older adult-skewing Hope Springs and the indie dramedy Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Neither was a huge hit, but expectations for Burt Wonderstone are different as it is a mainstream comedy with a younger (but still adult-oriented) appeal. Carell’s last big hit was the ensemble Crazy, Stupid, Love in 2011. But, in 2010 Carell was paired opposite coleads in Date Night and Dinner for Schmucks and both were moderate hits.

Meanwhile, Jim Carrey hasn’t anchored an adult-skewing live-action comedy since 2008’s $100 million grosser Yes Man. Carrey has a plumb role in Kick Ass 2 this summer, so it’s possible Burt Wonderstone could be the start a great comeback year for the actor.

Costars Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, and Alan Arkin are not expected to pull in additional fans, and overall box office estimates are modest for Burt Wonderstone. Expect anything around $20 million in weekend grosses to be considered good news.

3 Responses to “‘Burt Wonderstone’ Opens to Test Carell, Carrey’s Box Office Appeal”

  1. Benjamin

    I don’t think the movie will be bad but it’s just not appealing to me at the moment, looks like one of those movies that will be big on home video.

  2. ASFan

    Well, looks like a bomb.

  3. Kevin Crossman

    Friday box office reports have this heading for around an $11 million weekend. Even less than The Call that is playing on fewer screens.


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