Halle Berry’s ‘The Call’ Surprise Hit at the Box Office

Halle Berry The Call

Halle Berry arrives at the premiere of Tri Star Pictures’ ‘The Call’ at the Arclight Theatre on March 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

After a string of box-office disappointments like last year’s “Cloud Atlas” and this year’s “Movie 43,” Oscar winner Halle Berry entered this weekend in need of a hit.  It appears her new thriller “The Call” brought just what the doctor ordered.

According to box office estimates, the movie opened with $17.1 million, making it her third largest non-X-Men debut.  Entertainment Weekly reports that, “Sony/TriStar, which acquired the $15 million R-rated film from Troika Pictures, effectively marketed “The Call” to women, and according to the studio, the opening-weekend audience was 61 percent female and 47 percent below the age of 30 — and it also played very well with African-American moviegoers. “The Call” earned a ‘B+’ CinemaScore grade.”

Berry’s film beat out the latest comedy offering from A-listers Steve Carrell and Jim Carrey, the magician spoof  “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” but did not unseat last week’s reigning champ “Oz The Great and Powerful,” which earned just over $42 million in its second weekend.

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