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Weekend Box Office Report: February 8-10 2013

Feb. 10, 2013by: Dave Davis

Identity Thief runs away with the cash!

While parts of the Northeast were literally shut down this weekend thanks to the OMFG Blizzard of the Century  (two feet of snow here outside Boston!), the rest of the country went out looking for laughs, putting IDENTITY THIEF at the top of the box office with $36.5 million.

The new R-rated comedy, which reunited star Jason Bateman with his HORRIBLE BOSSES director Seth Gordon and paired the actor with BRIDESMAIDS breakout Melissa McCarthy, survived both the wrathful weather and a critical hammering (24% on Rotten Tomatoes) to make back its reported production budget in a single weekend.

Last week's winner WARM BODIES hung on pretty well (particularly for genre material), gnawing on #2 with another $11.5 million. Nicholas Hoult's amorous zombie shuffled along quickly enough to keep ahead of director Steven Soderbergh's supposed theatrical swan song, the new psychological/pharmaceutical thriller SIDE EFFECTS, which placed third with $10 million.

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK finally relinquished its hold on #3, slipping a spot as it lurches toward an inevitable $100 million (and well beyond, especially if it grabs an Oscar or two on the 24th). HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS is at $43.8 million after three weeks (plus almost twice that from overseas crowds), while Jessica Chastain continues duelling with herself in the next two spots with MAMA and ZERO DARK THIRTY.

Perhaps the week's biggest surprise (outside of Sly's latest shoot-em-up managing to stay in the Top 10 for two weeks) is the return of ARGO, which is taking advantage of its awards momentum to reappear on the chart in eighth with $2.5 million, just ahead of fellow Oscar nominee DJANGO UNCHAINED. While Ben Affleck's adored thriller closes in on a $200 million global total, Tarantino's new one is officially the filmmaker's biggest yet, hitting $341.6 million worldwide and passing INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS' $321.5M total.

Outside the chart, LINCOLN, LES MISERABLES and PARKER have all ducked out of sight while the 3D and IMAX re-release of 80s fave TOP GUN took off with $1.9 million, just short of BULLET IN THE HEAD's take (despite launching on only 300 screens compared to Stallone's 2400).

Next weekend offers the young adult fantasy BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, the romance SAFE HAVEN, and John McClane's Russian adventure A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (all on Thursday, for your Valentine's Day pleasure), plus the 3D computer-animated sci-fi comedy ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH.

What's your favorite R-rated comedy of the last decade? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Identity Thief $36.5 M
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2. Warm Bodies $11.5 M $36.6 M
3. Side Effects $10 M
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4. Silver Linings Playbook $6.9 M $90 M
5. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters $5.7 M $43.8 M
6. Mama $4.3 M $64 M
7. Zero Dark Thirty $4 M $83.6 M
8. Argo $2.5 M $123.7 M
9. Django Unchained $2.2 M $154.5 M
10. Bullet to the Head $1.9 M $8.1 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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6:11PM on 02/10/2013
Ohhh how the movie gods have changed - a Melissa McCarthy movie out-performs an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie on its first weekend.
Ohhh how the movie gods have changed - a Melissa McCarthy movie out-performs an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie on its first weekend.
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11:53PM on 02/10/2013
umm actually, up and comers have always outshined the tried and true. arnie had his day. maybe jj abrams will reboot the terminator franchise, but i doubt it. kudos to sandy bullock for teaming with mccarthy on her next
umm actually, up and comers have always outshined the tried and true. arnie had his day. maybe jj abrams will reboot the terminator franchise, but i doubt it. kudos to sandy bullock for teaming with mccarthy on her next
6:22PM on 02/10/2013
More people should watch Side Effects. It's a terrific film, and I'm glad Warm Bodies is doing well.
More people should watch Side Effects. It's a terrific film, and I'm glad Warm Bodies is doing well.
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7:40PM on 02/10/2013

Side Effects

Such a great way to go out Mr. Soderbergh
Such a great way to go out Mr. Soderbergh
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11:55PM on 02/10/2013
lesbihonest...he's not going anywhere. get your brain out of the gullible gutter and give the man a break for a few years goddamn it
lesbihonest...he's not going anywhere. get your brain out of the gullible gutter and give the man a break for a few years goddamn it
6:10PM on 02/10/2013
Escape From Planet Earth, isn't that the name of the sequel to Escape From New York that never happened?

Escape From Planet Earth, isn't that the name of the sequel to Escape From New York that never happened?

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11:57PM on 02/10/2013
[link]! jk
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11:44AM on 02/11/2013
I wonder how long Melissa McCarthy comedy shtick will last.
I wonder how long Melissa McCarthy comedy shtick will last.
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2:42AM on 02/11/2013
The line is thin, but there is a huge difference between funny and annoying. Identity Theft would be a theft of two hours from my life if I actually was bored enough to pay for it.
The line is thin, but there is a huge difference between funny and annoying. Identity Theft would be a theft of two hours from my life if I actually was bored enough to pay for it.
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4:58PM on 02/10/2013
I thought Identity Thief looked terrible and am surprised it made so much, but I'm also happy it was a hit for Jason Bateman's sake. The dude is hilarious.

Happy to see Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, and Hansel and Gretel still going strong.
I thought Identity Thief looked terrible and am surprised it made so much, but I'm also happy it was a hit for Jason Bateman's sake. The dude is hilarious.

Happy to see Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, and Hansel and Gretel still going strong.
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11:50PM on 02/10/2013
Shut up please...who gives a goddamn whether jason bateman movies are successful. you can attribute the $36 million to Melissa McCarthy, thank ya very much.
Shut up please...who gives a goddamn whether jason bateman movies are successful. you can attribute the $36 million to Melissa McCarthy, thank ya very much.
8:36AM on 02/11/2013

J. Law is on Fire

Both her movies are still going strong...the bitch is hot as Hades. Did you see her wardrobe malfunction? She's literally oozing sex. And the oscar goes to...
Both her movies are still going strong...the bitch is hot as Hades. Did you see her wardrobe malfunction? She's literally oozing sex. And the oscar goes to...
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10:17AM on 02/11/2013
Who and What the fuck are you talking about.. I think you might be crazy
Who and What the fuck are you talking about.. I think you might be crazy
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11:59PM on 02/10/2013

J. Law is on Fire

Both her movies are still going strong...the bitch is hot as Hades. Did you see her wardrobe malfunction? She's literally oozing sex. And the oscar goes to...
Both her movies are still going strong...the bitch is hot as Hades. Did you see her wardrobe malfunction? She's literally oozing sex. And the oscar goes to...
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