Weekend box office: Identity Thief beats out Warm Bodies and Side Effects
Analysts were nervous about how the horrible winter storm was going to impact the weekend box office and even though moviegoing was down this weekend, I’m not sure you could blame it on the storm. Audiences did go out and see the new Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy comedy, IDENTITY THIEF, to the tune of over $35 million. Critics generally panned the comedy, labeling it formulaic and predictable, but sometimes that’s okay if the two leads are well liked enough. The other new movie of the weekend was the Steven Soderbergh directed SIDE EFFECTS (click the link to read our review), which stars Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Jude Law. Most of the critics I talked to (including our own) really liked the film, so it’s a shame it didn’t do well and will probably be forgotten come Oscar season. I also thought it was interesting that a very limited 3D run of TOP GUN managed to crack the top ten, showing that just about anything can be converted to 3D and still make money.
Next week sees John McClane return in the fifth Die Hard film, A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD and yes, this time he goes to Russia to help out his grown kid. I’m anxious to see how well it does and to find out if America still cares about the Die Hard series. We also get another Nicholas Sparks movie in SAFE HAVEN, along with BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH. Obviously, A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD will be #1, but by how much remains to be seen. Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.
1. Identity Thief $36m
2. Warm Bodies $11.7m
3. Side Effects $9.4m
4. Silver Linings Playbook $6.4m
5. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters $5.7m
6. Mama $4.2mBullet to the Head $4.9m
7. Zero Dark Thirty $3.9m
8. Argo $2.4m
9. Django Unchained $2.1mArgo $m
10. Top Gun 3D $2m