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(Entertainment Weekly)   The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is an incredible box office bomb, coming in third place behind Halle Berry and James Franco   (insidemovies.ew.com) divider line 81
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2013-03-17 10:51:35 AM
  Don't put Grand Funk Railroad hair on Jim Carrey.... Just don't do it.
 
2013-03-17 10:54:20 AM
Who would've guessed from the awful, awful trailer?
 
2013-03-17 11:10:22 AM
this one had "meh, I'll catch it on cable if I catch it at all" written all over it.
 
2013-03-17 12:25:02 PM
I, for one, would be very happy to come in behind Halle Berry.
 
2013-03-17 12:42:28 PM
Yeah, never would have seen that coming.......
 
2013-03-17 02:19:52 PM

basemetal: Yeah, never would have seen that coming.......


Steve Carrel has been decently bankable for the studios, averaging about $100 million gross per film, so this is a bit of a surprise.
 
2013-03-17 02:22:41 PM
The magician film, which stars Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey, earned a decidedly un-magical $3.7 million from 3,160 theaters. Distributor Warner Bros., which is already suffering the $195 million bomb  Jack the Giant Slayer, can't catch a break lately.

And by "catch a break", they mean "can't convince people to go see shiatty movies".
 
2013-03-17 02:26:18 PM
I hate to say it but I think Olivia Wilde is box office death.
 
2013-03-17 02:36:28 PM
Jan-March in the cinema is as bad as the hookers that work early mornings in Amsterdam.
 
2013-03-17 02:36:32 PM
Saw it. Would have much preferred if they took it more extreme and camped it up. Instead it was just blah. Definitely some funny moments worth watching on cable or netflix
 
2013-03-17 02:36:59 PM

Cubicle Jockey: basemetal: Yeah, never would have seen that coming.......

Steve Carrel has been decently bankable for the studios, averaging about $100 million gross per film, so this is a bit of a surprise.


I thought it looked decently funny. Really surprised it did that badly.

UNC_Samurai: The magician film, which stars Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey, earned a decidedly un-magical $3.7 million from 3,160 theaters. Distributor Warner Bros., which is already suffering the $195 million bomb  Jack the Giant Slayer, can't catch a break lately.

And by "catch a break", they mean "can't convince people to go see shiatty movies".


Ill give you that one. I can't think of any reason Jack The Giant Slayer should have been made. Ill watch it eventually and prob like it but seriously, no reason for it to have been made.
 
2013-03-17 02:39:36 PM

sithon: I hate to say it but I think Olivia Wilde is box office death.


Perhaps she may need to go back to her birth surname.

Cockburn.
 
2013-03-17 02:50:48 PM
A WWE film is making money in theaters. That's a bit scary.
 
2013-03-17 02:51:06 PM

UNC_Samurai: The magician film, which stars Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey, earned a decidedly un-magical $3.7 million from 3,160 theaters. Distributor Warner Bros., which is already suffering the $195 million bomb  Jack the Giant Slayer, can't catch a break lately.

And by "catch a break", they mean "can't convince people to go see shiatty movies".


I hear that Jack the Giant Slayer is a good movie, but this is really a case of "why didn't you see this coming".  It has too many negatives:

1. It's clearly a Dueling Movie (of Hansel and Gretel), which ends up on the short end of the stick.   STOP MAKING THESE MOVIES! You only end up with crappy sales for a bad idea.

2. Nobody even knows that it's a re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk.  In a way, nobody SHOULD know it's like that because people would obviously know about point #1.

3. Your advertisement campaign is shiat.  If you're not spending a ton of movie trying to promote the film, you might as well burn millions of dollars in a huge bonfire.

4. All of these problems here and you still spend $195 million?!  WTF?  Waterworld flopped on a budget of $175 million.  You don't break a $100 million unless you're really really really sure it's going to be a hit.  Hell, you don't break $50 million on most movies.
 
2013-03-17 02:54:47 PM

blue_2501: I hear that Jack the Giant Slayer is a good movie


Where did you hear that, Armond White?
 
2013-03-17 02:54:51 PM
Nemechek is 6 laps down.

Apparently they are in fact permitting him to participate in races this season. He's just bad at it.
 
2013-03-17 02:55:19 PM
Huh? A movie I've seen ads for since last year outperformed a film I didn't know existed until I clicked that link?

That's unheard of.

/(although, to be fair, I hadn't heard of The Call, either...but STILL)
 
2013-03-17 02:57:12 PM
Oh, fark, wrong thread.

Although Joe Nemechek: The Motion Picture would do about as well as Burt Wonderstone,
 
2013-03-17 02:57:28 PM

Gosling: sithon: I hate to say it but I think Olivia Wilde is box office death.

Perhaps she may need to go back to her birth surname.

Cockburn.


I guess after the string of bad luck she's had professionally, it'll be best for her agent if she avoids rocket launchers for awhile
/gave my virgin viewing to Little Big Man this morning after taping it off of TCM Friday night.
/It was pretty damn good and it HAD to be better than anything playing at my local mega-super-duper-plex. The online previews alone left me loathing my senses of sight and sound.
 
2013-03-17 03:11:26 PM
I saw Burt Wonderstone and I generally enjoyed it. Is it for everyone? No. However every time I see Steve Buscemi (sp?) I expect him to shoot someone in the face ala Boardwalk Empire.
 
2013-03-17 03:12:15 PM

cameroncrazy1984: Who would've guessed from the awful, awful trailer?


It took me about 10 seconds of watching a trailer to predict this would massively bomb, and trailers are supposed to show the "best" parts.

Carrey's relevance ran out around "Fun With Dick And Jane". Whereas Carrell should have realized his apex was "The Office". He isn't a guy who can pull off anything other than the Loveable Buffoon/Loser he was in 40 Year Old Virgin, and that wears its appeal quickly.
 
2013-03-17 03:13:00 PM
It made $10 million on opening weekend and it had a budget of $30 million... I'd hardly call that an "incredible box office bomb."
 
2013-03-17 03:14:36 PM
I actually went to see the movie after refusing to watch the trailers for it.  It wasn't bad.  It wasn't amazing, but it wasn't bad.

It was good for what it was, a bit of time-waster.
 
2013-03-17 03:16:31 PM

blue_2501: 1. It's clearly a Dueling Movie (of Hansel and Gretel), which ends up on the short end of the stick. STOP MAKING THESE MOVIES! You only end up with crappy sales for a bad idea.


Hollywood is a couple of years deep into their fairy tale hard-on, and I can't be the only one that's sick and tired of another gritty retelling of a children's story trying desperately to cram in LotR-style combat sequences.

2. Nobody even knows that it's a re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk.

I know we always joke about how dumb people are, but how can anyone watch the trailer and not go, "Oh, I guess it's time to turn Jack and the Beanstalk into an action flick, just like they did with Snow White, and Hansel and Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood, and Alice in Wonderland."  It's like in the late 90s when everyone had to make a goddamn asteroid movie.

3. Your advertisement campaign is shiat. If you're not spending a ton of movie trying to promote the film, you might as well burn millions of dollars in a huge bonfire.


On the contrary, I felt like I saw that annoying trailer everywhere.  But then again, I tend to notice (and then find myself unable to tune out) annoying trailers until I resolve to not see the movie out of spite.
 
2013-03-17 03:26:09 PM
i105.photobucket.com
What behind Halle Berry might look like.
 
2013-03-17 03:37:43 PM

Uncle Pooky: It made $10 million on opening weekend and it had a budget of $30 million... I'd hardly call that an "incredible box office bomb."


It made $3.7 million. If you're talking about Burt Wonderstone.
 
2013-03-17 03:41:13 PM
A friend talked me into watching something called "Stoker" yesterday. It was okay.
 
2013-03-17 03:44:19 PM

FloydA: [i105.photobucket.com image 428x640]
What behind Halle Berry might look like.


I was going to say I don't know many people who would mind coming behind Halle, but you beat me to the punch.
 
2013-03-17 03:47:08 PM

UNC_Samurai: I know we always joke about how dumb people are, but how can anyone watch the trailer and not go, "Oh, I guess it's time to turn Jack and the Beanstalk into an action flick, just like they did with Snow White, and Hansel and Gretel, and Little Red Riding Hood, and Alice in Wonderland."  It's like in the late 90s when everyone had to make a goddamn asteroid movie.


The reason that Hollywood always releases clusters of movies of the same genre or subject matter has to
do with the long development cycle, and the 'Me too!' nature of said cycles.

When LOTR and HARRY POTTER started doing bang-up business, everyone and their brother decided
that THE movie to make was an epic high fantasy.  But, they've already gone through the high-priced
properties to license, so they've moved on to public domain fairy tales.  I suspect that cycle is petering
out, though, unless they move on to asian fables (which would actually make some sense, given the
huge demographics in China, Korea and Japan for Hollywood fare).
 
2013-03-17 03:52:50 PM

cameroncrazy1984: Who would've guessed from the awful, awful trailer?


Seconded. You couldn't pay me to go see that dumpster fire.
 
2013-03-17 04:05:51 PM

FloydA: [i105.photobucket.com image 428x640]
What behind Halle Berry might look like.


Yer doin' the Lord's work, son.
 
2013-03-17 04:16:22 PM

cameroncrazy1984: Uncle Pooky: It made $10 million on opening weekend and it had a budget of $30 million... I'd hardly call that an "incredible box office bomb."

It made $3.7 million. If you're talking about Burt Wonderstone.


The 3.7 is the official Friday only number.  10 is the full weekend estimate.
 
2013-03-17 04:20:45 PM
i105.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-17 04:21:31 PM
i105.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-17 04:22:46 PM
i105.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-17 04:34:20 PM

FloydA: [i105.photobucket.com image 550x640]


You know, I don't usually go for 'her kind', but my god....

She's got an amazing butt for an actress.
 
2013-03-17 04:38:52 PM

Funbags: cameroncrazy1984: Who would've guessed from the awful, awful trailer?

It took me about 10 seconds of watching a trailer to predict this would massively bomb, and trailers are supposed to show the "best" parts.

Carrey's relevance ran out around "Fun With Dick And Jane" "In Living Color." Whereas Carrell should have realized his apex was "The Office". He isn't a guy who can pull off anything other than the Loveable Buffoon/Loser he was in 40 Year Old Virgin, and that wears its appeal quickly.


I also wonder why Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider weren't in this movie.  It would have been even more of an ultimate shiat storm.
 
2013-03-17 04:39:19 PM
Oz The Great and Powerful was an awful movie. It was visually stunning at time but I can think of 3 times the CGI was 1990 quality without trying. In addition, Franco should not have been the wizard, it should have been Zach Braff. At least he has the facial expressions for it.

Lastly, Sam Raimi did the movie in order to get his next pet projects authorized and he didn't write the movie. He was just a hired gunslinger.
 
2013-03-17 04:45:43 PM

WippitGuud: A WWE film is making money in theaters. That's a bit scary.


Thanks for reminding me I still need to see Dead Man Down.  Original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo director and Noomi Rapace?  I'm there.

Anyone seen it yet?
 
2013-03-17 04:46:44 PM

blue_2501: UNC_Samurai: The magician film, which stars Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey, earned a decidedly un-magical $3.7 million from 3,160 theaters. Distributor Warner Bros., which is already suffering the $195 million bomb  Jack the Giant Slayer, can't catch a break lately.

And by "catch a break", they mean "can't convince people to go see shiatty movies".

I hear that Jack the Giant Slayer is a good movie, but this is really a case of "why didn't you see this coming".  It has too many negatives:

1. It's clearly a Dueling Movie (of Hansel and Gretel), which ends up on the short end of the stick.   STOP MAKING THESE MOVIES! You only end up with crappy sales for a bad idea.

2. Nobody even knows that it's a re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk.  In a way, nobody SHOULD know it's like that because people would obviously know about point #1.

3. Your advertisement campaign is shiat.  If you're not spending a ton of movie trying to promote the film, you might as well burn millions of dollars in a huge bonfire.

4. All of these problems here and you still spend $195 million?!  WTF?  Waterworld flopped on a budget of $175 million.  You don't break a $100 million unless you're really really really sure it's going to be a hit.  Hell, you don't break $50 million on most movies.


dude, you gotta post a warning when linking to tvtropes, now the rest of my day has been stolen from me.
 
2013-03-17 04:56:44 PM

blue_2501: UNC_Samurai: The magician film, which stars Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey, earned a decidedly un-magical $3.7 million from 3,160 theaters. Distributor Warner Bros., which is already suffering the $195 million bomb  Jack the Giant Slayer, can't catch a break lately.

And by "catch a break", they mean "can't convince people to go see shiatty movies".

I hear that Jack the Giant Slayer is a good movie, but this is really a case of "why didn't you see this coming".  It has too many negatives:

1. It's clearly a Dueling Movie (of Hansel and Gretel), which ends up on the short end of the stick.   STOP MAKING THESE MOVIES! You only end up with crappy sales for a bad idea.

2. Nobody even knows that it's a re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk.  In a way, nobody SHOULD know it's like that because people would obviously know about point #1.

3. Your advertisement campaign is shiat.  If you're not spending a ton of movie trying to promote the film, you might as well burn millions of dollars in a huge bonfire.

4. All of these problems here and you still spend $195 million?!  WTF?  Waterworld flopped on a budget of $175 million.  You don't break a $100 million unless you're really really really sure it's going to be a hit.  Hell, you don't break $50 million on most movies.


Your opinion is invalid due to linking to TV tropes, you evil, evil, evil person.
 
2013-03-17 05:22:42 PM

Infernalist: FloydA: [i105.photobucket.com image 550x640]

You know, I don't usually go for 'her kind', but my god....

She's got an amazing butt for an actress.


FTFY

Let us not be prejudicial.  That's top 5 material right there.

www.naijapidginenglish.com
 
2013-03-17 05:34:07 PM
Wonderstone looks like one of those movies that someone would have to pester me into watching.

I saw jack the giant slayer.  Movie was acceptable.  Worth 5.50.  I can't say that for Oz.  Even if it was free it would be over priced.  Plodded along, characters were pretty uninteresting.  Couldn't care about any of them.
 
2013-03-17 05:39:37 PM
You mean Zoolander  + Dumb And Dumber + Siegfried  & Roy didn't add up to a really kicking movie?
 
2013-03-17 05:43:32 PM

Tsar_Bomba1: WippitGuud: A WWE film is making money in theaters. That's a bit scary.

Thanks for reminding me I still need to see Dead Man Down.  Original Girl With The Dragon Tattoo director and Noomi Rapace?  I'm there.

Anyone seen it yet?


I did. It wasn't bad. I had a nice aesthetic and a fairly riveting plot.
 
2013-03-17 05:44:18 PM
I saw it.  Wasn't a great movie (and no one expected it to be), but I don't feel like I wasted my money.  Definitely had some funny moments.
 
2013-03-17 05:52:25 PM
I saw it Friday. Hilarious. Loud audience laughs often. Carrell played a great prick (who changes with humility); Carrey is Carrey and nails his character. Buscemi was great. Thoroughly enjoyable. Even Gandanolfi was good.

Maybe I have low standards.
 
2013-03-17 05:54:24 PM

blue_2501: UNC_Samurai: The magician film, which stars Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey, earned a decidedly un-magical $3.7 million from 3,160 theaters. Distributor Warner Bros., which is already suffering the $195 million bomb  Jack the Giant Slayer, can't catch a break lately.

And by "catch a break", they mean "can't convince people to go see shiatty movies".

I hear that Jack the Giant Slayer is a good movie, but this is really a case of "why didn't you see this coming".  It has too many negatives:

1. It's clearly a Dueling Movie (of Hansel and Gretel), which ends up on the short end of the stick.   STOP MAKING THESE MOVIES! You only end up with crappy sales for a bad idea.


Oh noes, a tvtropes link. But it did give us this -- "One very rare aversion: Warner Bros. bought the rights to The Tower and eight weeks later, 20th Century Fox bought the rights to The Glass Inferno so to avoid having similar films at the box office at the same time, they joined forces and combined the novels intoThe Towering Inferno!" -- That's beautiful.  Why doesn't that happen more often?
 
2013-03-17 05:58:28 PM

Infernalist: FloydA: [i105.photobucket.com image 550x640]

You know, I don't usually go for 'her kind',


What, females?  Pre-menopausals? Psycho chicks who'll sic their new boyfriend on you when you try to see your daughter? Just trying to figure out if this is a general thing for you (you're a homo), or specific (you've had a life-scarring experience in your past).
 
2013-03-17 06:22:09 PM
Wait, I admit I don't understand the intricacies, but since when does a third-place opening weekend constitute a "bomb"? I mean, that means only 2 other movies did better than it did, of all the movies also opening, a number which I am sure is greater than 3.
 
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