Jim Carrey and Steve Carell in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Photo : Warner Brothers)
Last weekend "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" opened nationwide and failed to ignite at the box office.
The film starring Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi lacked a clear premise in its marketing and advertising. Its trailers provided one line jokes that audiences did not respond to and reviews were lackluster. The film scored a 38 percent aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes with critics stating "Wonderstone is an enticing concept but lacks the laughs to back up its potential."
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The failure also questioned Steve Carell and Jim Carrey's box office potential. Carell's last film "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" made a disastrous $7.1 million. The actor also starred in "Hope Springs" which was a box office success but Carell did not headline the movie. Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones were top billing.
Carrey has also had two arguable failures in a row. His first was the critically acclaimed 2010 film "I Love you, Phillip Morris." The $13 million comedy only made $2 million and never went wide due to lack of interest. In 2011 Carrey's "Mr. Popper's Penguins" made $68 million and while it was a solid gross, it did not compare to the actor's previous films. Carrey's comedy's were known for making $100 million or more but these past three failures have demonstrated the audiences lack of interest.
Carrey is currently working on "Ripley's Believe or Not" but Paramount has not set a date. Carell will next be seen in "Anchorman 2" and "The Way Way Back." However neither one of the films will be headlined by the thespian.
"Wonderstone" was released by Warner Bros. and is currently playing at 3,160 theaters.