Box Office: Identity Thief Steals the Weekend with a Whopping $36 Million Debut

Melissa McCarthy in Identity Thief (2013) Movie PosterLadies and gentlemen, say Hello to your new box office darling, Melissa McCarthy. The little lady’s latest comedy, “Identity Thief” easily dominated the weekend box office with a whopping $36 million in its debut, thoroughly beating Steven Soderbergh’s vastly better reviewed “Side Effects” by a huge $26 million margin. Co-starring Jason Bateman, “Identity Thief” braved the East Coast weather conditions to take the top spot at the box office in its debut and solidifying McCarthy’s star status. Looking ahead, this bodes very well for “The Heat”, which co-stars McCarthy and Sandra Bullock as polar opposite cops.

Soderbergh’s medical thriller “Side Effects” opened in third place according to studio estimates, just $1.5 million shy of overtaking last week’s holdover, the zombie romcom “Warm Bodies”, which held onto the second spot with another $11.5 million in its second week. The Jonathan Levine flick, which opened in first place last week, has made over $36 million so far, and $45 million worldwide. Paramount’s re-released of their ’80s actioner “Top Gun” in 3D opened at 300 IMAX screens with a $1.9 million haul. The crowd-pleaser starring Tom Cruise as a hotshot Navy pilot is getting a major Blu-ray and 3D Blu-ray release push later this month, so the $1.9 million is basically a bonus for the studio.

On a less positive note, Sylvester Stallone’s old school action movie “Bullet to the Head” dropped all the way down to 10th place in its second week, giving it a paltry $8 million and change after two weeks. The performance of “Bullet”, coupled with the box office haul (or lack thereof) of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first solo effort “The Last Stand” (not even $12 million after 4 weeks of release), is perhaps a loud and clear signal that the sudden revival of old school action heroes has run its course. At least, when these guys aren’t teaming up into an “all-star” roster ala “The Expendables”. Stallone and Schwarzenegger has “The Tomb” on the way, so it’ll be interesting to see how that does.

“Silver Linings Playbook” and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” filled out the Top 5 over the weekend at #4 and #5, respectively.

Rooney Mara in Side Effects (2013) Movie Image

Via : Box Office Mojo