In what is being called the greatest magic trick since David Copperfield made the Statue of Liberty disappear, magician Burt Wonderstone did the seemingly impossible when he made audiences nationwide disappear from movie theaters this past weekend resulting in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” opening to a dismal $10.3 million.
Like any great magician, Wonderstone refused to reveal the secret of the disappearing audience members, but magic experts believe a predictable screenplay, the lack of laughs in the film’s trailer, and that fact Jim Carrey hasn’t been a major boxoffice draw in over a decade, may have played a key role in the vanishing audience trick.
“I always wanted to be a magician growing up, but getting to star as a magician in a movie that no one wanted to see is almost as good,” Wonderstone told Hollywood & Swine. “At least now I know the only thing teens think is lamer than magicians, is a broad comedy about magicians.”
“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” also extends Warner Bros. losing streak at the boxoffice to five including, “Gangster Squad” “Bullet to the Head,” “Beautiful Creatures” and “Jack the Giant Slayer,” making it currently the second most impressive streak this year, only to be outdone by the Miami Heat’s current 22-game winning streak.
Warner Bros executives became extremely nervous about the chances for “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” at the boxoffice after they sent the film’s stars, Steve Carell and Carrey to perform magic at a 13-year-old boy’s birthday party in San Diego last week. According to executives in attendance, the actors’ magic act underwhelmed partygoers, who were more interested in figuring out why Jim Carrey looked familiar to them, and if Steve Carell regretted quitting “The Office,” after he watched the first cut of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.”
In related news, famed illusionist and endurance artist David Blaine, who once spent 63 hours encased in a box of ice, will attempt the unthinkable next week, when he tries to sit through multiple showings of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” in one day.