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411 Box Office Report: Identity Thief Reclaims #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.24.2013





Identity Thief stole the box office crown during a slow Oscar weekend at the box office. The Melissa McCarthy/Jason Bateman comedy brought in $14.1 million to reclaim the spot it ceded to A Good Day to Die Hard last weekend. The film now has a total of $93.7 million domestically and $94.4 million worldwide from a budget of $35 million.

Coming in at #2 was Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Snitch with $13 million in its opening weekend. That number is about what industry experts and the studio had it pegged at. The number is well below his last film, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island which bowed at $27.3 million but ahead of the last action-thriller he toplined in Faster which only did $8.5 million in 2010. Snitch averaged $5,177 from 2,511 theaters. The film's budget isn't known.

The Weinstein Company's Escape From Planet Earth held on pretty well and rose a spot from its opening weekend, finishing at #3 with $11 million. That's a 31% drop which is not too bad for an animated film. The alien-themed family film has a two-week total of $35.1 million from a budget of $40 million.

Down a spot to #4 in its second weekend was Safe Haven. The Nicholas Sparks-based romantic drama brought in $10.6 million for a 51% second-weekend drop which is high for a Sparks film. The film has two-week total of $48.1 million domestically and $49.3 million worldwide from a budget of $28 million.

A Good Day to Die Hard tumbled in its second weekend, falling four places to #5 with $10 million. That resulted in a 60% drop, the highest for a Die Hard film to date. The action film has a two-week total of $51.8 million domestically and $131.4 million worldwide. It had a budget of $92 million.

Disappointing with a #6 opening weekend was Dark Skies. The supernatural thriller brought in $8.9 million, below the low-teens number that it was expected to do. The film averaged just $3,826 from 2,313 theaters but should be just fine considering the low budget of $3.5 million.

Silver Linings Playbook rose one rung to #7 in its fifteenth week with $6.1 million, down just 3% from last weekend. The Oscar-nominated film has now grossed $107.5 million domestically and $159.7 million worldwide from a budget of $21 million.

Warm Bodies was down three places to #8 this week. Jonathan Levine's zombie romantic comedy brought in $4.8 million, bringing its four-week gross to $58.3 million domestically and $76 million worldwide from a budget of $30 million. The film is on track to be the second-highest grossing zombie film of all time behind Zombieland's $75.5 million in 2009.

Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects was down two places in its third weekend, finishing at #9 with $3.5 million. The psychological thriller, which starred Rooney Mara and Jude Law, has a total of $25.3 million from a budget of $30 million.

Beautiful Creatures fell four spots in its second weekend, down to #10 with $3.4 million. The supernatural romantic drama fell 55%, which isn't good considering its anemic first weekend. The film has a domestic total of $16.4 million and a worldwide total of $21.8 million from a $60 million budget.

The weekend box office tally was $102.8 million, down 23% from last year's $133.9 million gross that was led by Act of Valor's $24.5 million opening.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN
1. Identity Thief - $14.1 million ($93.7 million total)
2. Snitch - $13 million ($13 million total)
3. Escape From Planet Earth - $11 million ($35.1 million total)
4. Safe Haven - $10.6 million ($48.1 million total)
5. A Good Day to Die Hard - $10 million ($51.8 million total)
6. Dark Skies - $8.9 million ($8.9 million total)
7. Silver Linings Playbook - $6.1 million ($107.5 million total)
8. Warm Bodies - $4.8 million ($58.3 million total)
9. Side Effects - $3.5 million ($25.3 million total)
10. Beautiful Creatures - $3.4 million ($16.4 million total)





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