Some movies just aren’t magical or incredible it seems. Steve Carell’s rotten new comedy send-up of magicians, THE INCREDIBLE BURT WONDERSTONE was a huge box office flop this past weekend, only taking in a lowly $10.3 million dollars. That was well behind the $42.2 million that OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL or Hallie Berry’s new thriller, THE CALL, at $17.1 million, took in. Besides not being all that funny of a movie, the new Steve Carell film also missed out for a concept well past it’s prime as well. Magicians like David Copperfield and David Blaine lost a lot steam as performers after FOX aired some masked magician specials that let the cat out of the bag on how many of their biggest illusions were performed. Since then, the magician business isn’t near as good. Making a comedy about a declining business doesn’t seem like a very good idea. Further, audiences were wise enough to tell that the previews for BURT WONDERSTONE looked terrible.
Despite the added star power of Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Brad Garrett and James Gandofini, about the only magical thing about this movie was how fast it made $30 million in production money disappear. The movie also had a troubled production schedule that got set back from October 2011 to January 2012, and finally the film was released in 2013, debuting just this past weekend.
Gee, to think that Steve Carell quit his role at THE OFFICE for this crap. Bad career move, Carell, bad career move.