16 March 2013 11:18 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Berry thriller performs way above expectations, while Carell / Carrey comedy becomes WB's latest embarrassment The adventure fantasy Oz the Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi and starring James Franco, will keep an easy lead at the Us / Canada box office this weekend (March 15-17), chiefly because Friday's two new entries, the low-budget Halle Berry thriller The Call and the somewhat modestly budgeted Steve Carell / Jim Carrey comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, will undeniably (and expectedly) become modest performers. Now, having said that, yesterday's performances of both The Call and Burt Wonderstone turned out to be quite surprising: while the Berry movie grossed quite a bit above expectations, the Carell / Carrey movie opened disastrously. (Pictured above: Best Actress Academy Award winner Berry in the thriller The Call.) Besides Franco, Oz the Great and Powerful features Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz; the film added $11.4 million on Friday, according to »

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