Box Office: Halle Berry’s BEATING “Burt Wonderstone”

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She’s never been box office. But if the audience I saw Halle Berry’s “The Call” with the other night was any indication, she’s got a crowd-pleasing thriller on her hands.

And Friday night’s box office take is backing that up. She’s on track to pull in around $17 million this weekend. And Saturday could pick up, if the word of mouth is good.

It’s a very good, tight thriller — for an hour. The stuff audiences applaud at the end is the very conventional horror movie turn the film takes, which I didn’t care for at all.

“Oz, the Great and Powerful” is on track to win another weekend — as expected. It will probably pull in about $40 million, roughly half what it did its opening weekend.

“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” suggests that Steve Carell’s winning streak at the box office is over and done with. Surely it will do more than the middling Friday take suggests (on track to do $11 million this weekend, a bomb if that happens). It’s not a bad movie. Not a great one, or a laugh riot either.

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