“Identity Thief” Steals Back the Box Office

melissaWith a couple of lackluster new films in the marketplace and Oscar weekend taking away moviegoers, a three-week old comedy was able to return to the top of the box office as Identity Thief stole away with another $14 million. The Melissa McCarthy/Jason Bateman hit has now pulled in $93 million and will give McCarthy her second consecutive $100 million grosser after Bridesmaids. I bet the actress makes it a three-peat with this summer’s buddy cop comedy The Heat co-starring Sandra Bullock in June… As for the newbies Thief defeated, The Rock’s latest Snitch opened best with an ok $13 million while the Keri Russell horror flick Dark Skies tanked with just $8 million. Also crashing hard in its second week was the latest Die Hard film which tumbled nearly 60 %. Perhaps word of mouth is really hurting this one? … For more on all the numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here and take a look at the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 2 Identity Thief Uni. $14,017,085 -40.8% 3,222 +57 $4,350 $93,619,615 $35 3
2 N Snitch Sum. $13,167,607 – 2,511 – $5,244 $13,167,607 – 1
3 4 Escape From Planet Earth Wein. $10,682,037 -32.8% 3,353 +65 $3,186 $34,812,699 $40 2
4 3 Safe Haven Rela. $10,454,713 -51.1% 3,223 – $3,244 $47,916,357 $28 2
5 1 A Good Day to Die Hard Fox $10,165,633 -59.1% 3,555 +2 $2,860 $51,967,897 $92 2
6 N Dark Skies W/Dim. $8,189,166 – 2,313 – $3,540 $8,189,166 $3.5 1
7 8 Silver Linings Playbook Wein. $5,750,866 -7.9% 2,012 -190 $2,858 $107,176,012 $21 15
8 5 Warm Bodies Sum. $4,825,388 -45.6% 2,644 -253 $1,825 $58,243,441 – 4
9 6 Beautiful Creatures (2013) WB $3,608,333 -52.4% 2,950 – $1,223 $16,570,598 $60 2
10 7 Side Effects (2013) ORF $3,357,039 -46.5% 2,070 -535 $1,622 $25,099,555 – 3

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