'Identity Thief' Stays Atop Box Office on Oscars Weekend


Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy


The R-rated comedy beats such newcomers as 'Snitch' and 'Dark Skies' during the slow weekend amid the 85th Academy Awards ceremony.

"Identity Thief" reclaims the top spot of the North American box office on the Oscars weekend. Bagging around $14 million, the comedy starring Melissa McCarthy collects a total domestic cume of $93.6 million after two weeks of playing Stateside.

Failing to claim the no. 1 spot, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's new actioner "Snitch" opens on the runner-up place with an estimated $13 million. The movie opens in a slow weekend amid the busy week of 85th Academy Awards ceremony, but it still bests the $8 million opening of Johnson's 2008 pic "Faster".

"Escape From Planet Earth" secures the third place, adding around $11 million to its total domestic gross of $35.1 million on its second weekend. Filling the fourth and fifth places respectively are "Safe Haven" which adds around $10.6 million to its $48 million cume, and "A Good Day to Die Hard" which bags approximately $10 million for a total gross of $51. 8 million.

Newcomer "Dark Skies" enters the chart on the sixth position, bagging around $8.8 million. The film starring Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton and Dakota Goyo was made with a budget of merely $3.5 million.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for February 22-24:

  1. "Identity Thief" - $14 million
  2. "Snitch" - $13 million
  3. "Escape From Planet Earth" - $11 million
  4. "Safe Haven" - $10.6 million
  5. "A Good Day to Die Hard" - $10 million
  6. "Dark Skies" - $8.8 million
  7. "Silver Linings Playbook" - $6 million
  8. "Warm Bodies" - $4.7 million
  9. "Side Effects" - $3.5 million
  10. "Beautiful Creatures" - $3.4 million


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