The Melissa McCarthy/Jason Bateman comedy Identity Thief continues to steal the box office crown. Although critics panned it, Identity Thief keeps right on going, ringing up $93 million since its release on February 8, 2013 due mostly to the lack of comedy competition and McCarthy's fan base.
Meanwhile, this weekend's newcomers failed to click with moviegoers. On a super slow weekend (as Oscar weekends typically are), Snitch - with Dwayne Johnson in a much more dramatic role than usual - finished second with a slightly lower-than-anticipated $13 million in box office receipts. However, that's still better than fellow action stars' Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone but behind Bruce Willis' fifth Die Hard film (which isn't a fair comparison, given the continuing popularity of that franchise). The weekend's other new release, the sci-fi alien visitation movie Dark Skies which did not screen for critics, performed pretty much as it was predicted to perform.
Top 10 Films for the Weekend of February 22-24, 2013
1) Identity Thief - $14,064,030
2 Snitch - $13,000,000
3) Escape From Planet Earth - $11,013,000
4) Safe Haven - $10,600,000
5) A Good Day to Die Hard - $10,000,000
6) Dark Skies - $8,850,000
7) Silver Linings Playbook - $6,051,000
8) Warm Bodies - $4,750,000
9) Side Effects - $3,511,000
10) Beautiful Creatures - $3,410,000
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