Long Range Forecast: 'The Call' & 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone'

Featured Stories - on January 19, 2013 by BOXOFFICE Staff

mar15.pngTwo new films have joined our Long Range Forecast this weekend: The Call and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Both are currently scheduled to open on Friday, March 15.

The Call

PROS:
- Sony has a very strong history marketing thrillers.
- Could prove to be good counter-programming to Burt Wonderstone, especially on opening weekend.

CONS:
- Halle Berry has largely been out of the spotlight for a number of years now.
- The film's trailer showing too many plot points could hurt.
- What will the rating be? Prospects could be hurt in this case by an R rating, but on the other hand could be helped out if the rating is PG-13.

 

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

PROS:
- The teaming together of Steve Carell and Jim Carrey.
- Opening weekend prospects are brighter with Admission now opening the week after it hits instead of the week before, but holding power could be hurt in turn.

CONS:
- Is surrounded by higher profile March releases, as it opens after Oz: The Great and Powerful and before The Croods and G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
- Carrey isn't the draw he used to be, while Carell saw his drawing power slow during 2012.
- Based on early marketing, could prove to be more of a niche comedy than a broad reaching one.

Notable changes on our forecast this week include Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Movie 43, Parker and Beautiful Creatures. Also, Admission has been temporarily removed from our forecast due to its release shift.

Check out our predictions for these and other upcoming films in the table below.

Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Mar 15, 2013 Warner Bros. / New Line
$17,000,000 $52,000,000
The Call Mar 15, 2013 Sony / TriStar
$12,000,000 $28,000,000
Oz: The Great and Powerful Mar 8, 2013 Disney
$55,000,000 $160,000,000
Dead Man Down Mar 8, 2013 FilmDistrict
$9,000,000 $25,000,000
Jack the Giant Slayer Mar 1, 2013 Warner Bros. / New Line
$23,000,000 $60,000,000
The Last Exorcism Part II Mar 1, 2013 CBS Films
$11,000,000 $23,000,000
21 And Over Mar 1, 2013 Relativity Media
$15,000,000 $45,000,000
Phantom (2013) Mar 1, 2013 RCR Media Group
$5,000,000 $13,000,000
Dark Skies Feb 22, 2013 Weinstein / Dimension
$10,000,000 $23,000,000
Snitch (2013) Feb 22, 2013 Lionsgate / Summit
$13,000,000 $35,000,000
A Good Day to Die Hard Feb 14, 2013 Fox
$47,000,000* $125,000,000
Escape From Planet Earth Feb 14, 2013 Weinstein Company
$13,000,000* $35,000,000
Safe Haven Feb 14, 2013 Relativity Media
$20,000,000* $52,000,000
Beautiful Creatures (2013) Feb 14, 2013 Warner Bros.
$21,000,000* $55,000,000
Side Effects (2013) Feb 8, 2013 Open Road
$21,000,000 $65,000,000
Identity Thief Feb 8, 2013 Universal
$19,000,000 $62,000,000
Warm Bodies Feb 1, 2013 Lionsgate / Summit
$19,000,000 $50,000,000
Bullet to the Head Feb 1, 2013 Warner Bros.
$8,000,000 $20,000,000
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Jan 25, 2013 Paramount
$15,000,000 $35,000,000
Movie 43 Jan 25, 2013 Relativity Media
$14,000,000 $33,000,000
Parker Jan 25, 2013 FilmDistrict
$9,000,000 $25,000,000

* = 4-day weekend (Friday-Monday)

Phil Contrino, Daniel Garris, Alex Edghill and Shawn Robbins contributed to this report.

Tags: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, The Call

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