Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: March 17 2013

March 17 Box Office - The Call

One new movie exceeds expectations, while another outright bombs in this weekend's box office.

The Call (read our review) comes in at number 2 with $17 million. Heading into the weekend, most analysts didn't expect much from the Halle Berry thriller, but the film has fared surprisingly well.

In fact, the film saw an uptick on Saturday, which is rare for R rated films. The Call has already exceeded its $13 million production budget, which is something a lot of this year's releases couldn’t say in their first weekend.

Speaking of flops, Warner Bros' The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (read our review) opened at number 3 with a very disappointing $10 million. A comedy starring Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey as rival magicians could have made for box office gold; that is, if this movie had been released about 10 years ago.

For Warner Bros., Burt Wonderstone is their second flop of March, and their fifth under-performing film of the year. After Jack the Giant Slayer, though, it's safe to say Burt Wonderstone doesn't look too bad.

Jack the Giant Slayer comes in at number 4 with $6.2 million, which brings its domestic total up to $53 million. Short of getting some sort of loan from Oz the Great and Powerful, there is no way this film will make back its $195 million budget.

Rounding out the top 5 is the former highest grossing film of 2013, Identity Thief, with $4.5 million. Now at $123 million, the film was the first to cross $100 million this year.

Coming in at number 6 is Snitch with $3.5 million. The film is now up to $37 million in domestic grosses.

March 17 Box Office - Burt Wonderstone

Spots number 7 through 11 are separated by less than $1 million, so be prepared for the official order to fluctuate a bit, or not at all. Either way, early estimates have 21 and Over at number 7 with $2.6 million. The R rated, drunken comedy is ironically at $21 million in domestic grosses.

Silver Linings Playbook is the number 8 film this weekend with $2.5 million. David O. Russell's Oscar-nominated film is now at $124 million.

In at number 9 is Safe Haven with $2.4 million, which brings its domestic total up to $66 million. Safe Haven has now outgrossed its fellow Valentine's Day release, A Good Day to Die Hard, which has made $65 million over 5 weeks.

And finally, Escape from Planet Earth is this weekend's number 10 film with $2.3 million. Who would have thought this animated film would make it to a $52 million domestic total?

Outside the top 10: Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers grossed $270,000 on only 3 screens for a per-screen average of $90,000. The film, which stars James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, and Selena Gomez, has been making waves at this year's SXSW festival, and opens wide next weekend.

[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released Monday, March 18th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]


Source: Box Office Mojo

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