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March 17 [Sun], 2013, 8:32
By Todd Cunningham

LOS ANGELES ( - "Oz the Great and Powerful" is the odds-on favorite to keep its box office title this weekend, but there are some magic and thrills on tap, too.

Warner Bros. Is rolling out the Steve Carell-Jim Carrey comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and Sony TriStar is debuting the Halle Berry thriller "The Call." Those two will wind up with about $15 million and $11 million respectively, analysts say, as Disney hopes "Oz" can pull in half of its $80 million debut in its second week.

"Oz" looks like a good bet to do that, after strong midweek showings - it did $7.1 million on Tuesday -- had it on the verge of cracking the $100 million mark at the domestic box office on Thursday.

It will remain in a market-high 3,912 theaters; about 3,055 of those will be 3D, and 307 will be Imax theaters.

In New Line's PG-rated "Burt Wonderstone," two Las Vegas magicians (Carell and Steve Buscemi) find themselves upstaged by the stunts of a street magician (Carrey) and look to salvage their act - and their friendship - by staging their own daring stunt.

It's directed by Don Scardino ("30 Rock" and "The Mindy Project"), from a script by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley ("Horrible Bosses"). James Gandolfini, Olivia Wilde and Alan Arkin co-star.

The best thing "Wonderstone" has going for it may be lack of competition. It will be the only comedy, other than the six-week-old "Identity Thief," in the market. The critics sort of chortled: "Wonderstone" has a 52 percent positive rating on Movie Review Intelligence, 48 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Warner Bros.'s New Line produced "Wonderstone," which has a production budget estimated at $30 million. It will be in more than 3,100 theaters.

In "The Call," Berry stars as veteran 911 operator who receives a call from a girl (Abigail Breslin) who has just been abducted and soon realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.

Michael Imperioli ("The Sopranos"), Morris Chestnut and Michael Eklund co-star in the R-rated thriller, written by Richard D'Ovidio ("Thirteen Ghosts") and directed by Brad Anderson ("The Machinist").

"The Call" is set in L.A. And was filmed there after being accepted for the California Film and Television Tax Credit Program. "The city is very much a star of this movie," producer Michael Helfand told TheWrap.

The critics are split on it. It has a 57 percent positive rating at Movie Review Intelligence, just 44 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

TriStar has "The Call" in about 2,500 theaters.

Among the limited releases is "Spring Breakers," a low-budget crime dramedy starring James Franco, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson.

Harmony Korine wrote and directed the tale of four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation and are bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.

Distributor A24 will debut "Spring Breakers" in two theaters.
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