Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

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Directed by Don Scardino, this 2013 comedy film follows its title character, a longtime Las Vegas magician and fan favorite (played by Steve Carell), as he attempts to reunite with his former partner, Anton Lovecraft (Steve Buscemi), to take on a new and dangerous rival--a street magician by the name of Steve Gray (Jim Carrey).
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March 18th, 2013

Weekend Recap: What Happened at the Box Office?

"The Call" landed in second place in box office rankings during the weekend of March 15, earning $17,100,000. Jordan takes her job as a 911 operator very seriously, but when she receives a particularly disturbing call, Jordan unthinkingly makes a grave error. Now feeling responsible for the mistake and wanting to redeem herself, Jordan will do anything she can to save a victim of the same murderer. "The Call" has an R rating for violence, language, and disturbing content.

"The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" saw profits of $10,305,000 during its first weekend in theaters. Burt was always a bullied and lonely child, until he found his calling as a magician. Once the biggest act in Las Vegas, Burt is now realizing that fresh, edgy new shows are starting to overshadow his magic tricks. Burt may have to return to his roots to restore his faith in magic. The PG-13 rating is due to mature content, a drug-related incident, dangerous stunts, and language.

Continuing Films

"Oz the Great and Powerful" managed to remain in top spot this weekend, despite a slew of new films. During its second weekend in theaters, the fantasy epic brought in $42,222,000. Overall, the movie has earned more than $145 million. The runaway success stars James Franco as Oscar, a small-time illusionist who dreams of greater things. When he finds himself in a fantastical world in need of his help, Oscar has to accept his destiny. Three beautiful and mysterious witches complicate matters for him. The family-friendly PG rating is due to brief mild language, scary images, and action sequences.

With profits of $6,220,000, "Jack the Giant Slayer" brought overall earnings to more than $53 million. When Jack spots Isabelle, he falls in love. Unfortunately for him, Jack is a farmhand, while Isabelle is a princess. As it turns out, Jack will have a big part to play in saving the kingdom from fearsome giants, maybe winning Isabelle's heart in the process. Frightening images, brief language, and fantasy action violence contribute to the movie's PG-13 rating.

"Identity Thief" has kept up an impressive presence in box office rankings. During its sixth week, the film made $4,519,000. Since its opening, the comedy has brought in more than $123 million. Sandy Patterson lives a contented life, although he does not get along with his boss. Soon, a huge problem pops up that demands all Sandy's attention. A woman has stolen his identity and is using Sandy's funds to enjoy the high life. Bringing her to justice will take everything Sandy has got. "Identity Thief" has an R rating for language and mature content.

"Snitch" brought in $6,300,000, meaning that total profits now reach more than $37 million. When his son ends up in jail for drug charges, John knows he has to help the young man. John uses connections to infiltrate the DEA and go on the hunt for the actual criminals, hoping to clear his son's good name and free him from prison. "Snitch" has a PG-13 rating for violence and drug content.

"21 & Over" earned $2,619,000. The raunchy comedy has brought in over $21 million so far. Jeff is about to face a med school interview that could determine his fate. He reluctantly heads out to party with his two irresponsible friends, but when the night spirals out of control, Jeff and his friends have a lot of consequences to deal with. Now, his friends have to get Jeff back home in time for the interview. Thanks to crude mature content, graphic nudity, drugs, drinking, and pervasive language, the film earned an R rating.

Movies to DVD

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" arrives out on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, March 19. Bilbo Baggins is just a humble hobbit, leading a quiet life in the Shire. To Bilbo's surprise, the wizard Gandalf ends up recruiting him into a daring mission to retrieve treasure from a dragon. Before they ever see the dragon, Bilbo and friends will face many challenges. Peter Jackson's fantasy epic has a PG-13 rating for sequences of intense fantasy action violence and frightening images.

"Zero Dark Thirty" stars Jessica Chastain as a CIA officer who spends her career trying to track down Osama bin Laden, one of America's most hated enemies. As the quest for justice drags out across a decade and Maya tries to make the right decisions, she sometimes finds herself questioning her ethics. The Oscar-nominated film has an R rating for language, violence, and disturbing images.

"Bachelorette" stars Rebel Wilson as a bride who invites three of her old friends to be her bridesmaids. As they plan a bachelorette party, the three friends manage to revive all kinds of tensions, issues, and conflicts. The comedy has an R rating for drug use, language, and mature content.