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'Identity Thief' Stays Atop Box Office on Oscars Weekend

February 25, 2013 01:08:07 GMT

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


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"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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