'Identity Thief' steals the top spot at the box office

5:58 PM, Feb 24, 2013   |    comments
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Scott Bowles, USA TODAY

Melissa McCarthy pulled another fast one this weekend as her comedy Identity Thiefsnatched the top spot at the box office on a traditionally slow Oscar weekend.

McCarthy's film took in $14.1 million, according to studio estimates from box-office trackers Hollywood.com.

The movie reclaimed the top spot after dropping to No. 2 last weekend. This weekend's haul brings the $35 million movie's overall gross to $93.7 million since its release Feb. 8.

The debut was enough to fend off the thriller Snitchwith Dwayne Johnson. Snitch took the second spot with $13 million, about $1 million above most analysts' expectations.

The movie took some body shots from critics, just 53% of whom gave it a thumbs-up, according to the survey site Rottentomatoes.com. But 81% of fans liked it, the site says, which gives it hope for legs in a sluggish season.

The 3-D cartoon Escape from Planet Earth took third with $11 million, followed by the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven, which was fourth with $10.6 million.

The Bruce Willis action film A Good Day to Die Hard dropped a hefty 60% from its debut; it collected $10 million for fifth place.

The only other major newcomer, the supernatural thriller Dark Skies, met most expectations with $8.9 million, good for sixth place.

Final figures are due Monday.

Ticket sales continue their slide. Revenue was down 7% from the same time last year, and attendance is down 8%, according to Hollywood.com.


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