“Identity Thief” Steals Away with the Box Office

identity_thief_new_posterMostly bad reviews and a giant storm on the East Coast couldn’t stop the power of Melissa McCarthy‘s hilarity as her new comedy co-starring Jason Bateman, Identity Thief, opened big at # 1 with $36 million. The film way over performed most estimates and proved that the Bridesmaids star has some box office power. Thief also easily outdid the new Steven Soderbergh drama Side Effects starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum which just managed $ 10 million… Also landing in the top ten, or I should say returning to the top ten, was the Oscar front-runner Argo which added a ton of theaters and pulled in $2.5 million for a new total of $123 million… Take a look at the brand new top ten below and head to Box Office Mojo for more on all the numbers.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Identity Thief Uni. $36,593,000 – 3,141 – $11,650 $36,593,000 $35 1
2 1 Warm Bodies Sum. $11,500,000 -43.5% 3,009 – $3,822 $36,652,000 – 2
3 N Side Effects (2013) ORF $10,015,000 – 2,605 – $3,845 $10,015,000 – 1
4 3 Silver Linings Playbook Wein. $6,908,000 -10.7% 2,809 – $2,459 $90,002,000 $21 13
5 2 Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Par. $5,750,000 -39.0% 3,285 -90 $1,750 $43,833,000 $50 3
6 4 Mama Uni. $4,323,000 -34.4% 2,677 -104 $1,615 $64,046,000 $15 4
7 5 Zero Dark Thirty Sony $4,000,000 -22.7% 2,562 -309 $1,561 $83,600,000 $40 8
8 11 Argo WB $2,500,000 +23.2% 1,405 +470 $1,779 $123,734,000 $44.5 18
9 8 Django Unchained Wein. $2,288,000 -23.8% 1,502 -275 $1,523 $154,501,000 $100 7
10 6 Bullet to the Head WB $1,980,000 -56.5% 2,404 – $824 $8,171,000 – 2

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