‘Identity Thief’ Steals Box Office

Melissa McCarthy in Identity Thief

As it turns out, the massive winter storm that blanketed the Northeast with multiple feet of snow didn’t keep audiences from heading to the theaters to check out the Jason Bateman/Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief. The new release managed to top the box office in its first weekend, earning a gigantic $36.6 million. Wonder how critic Rex Ryan feels about that tractor-sized haul.

The weekend’s other wide release, Steven Soderbergh‘s Side Effects, pulled in a respectable $10.015 million, which wasn’t enough to finish immediately behind Identity Thief (last week’s winner Warm Bodies has that honor, with this weekend’s $11.5 million bringing its current tally to $36.6 million), but was enough to finish third in this week’s box office totals.

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Want to know what else got people out of the snow and into the theater? Check out the top 5 films of the weekend:

1. Identity Thief: $36.6 million

2. Warm Bodies: $11.5 million

3. Side Effects: $10.0 million

4. Silver Linings Playbook: $6.9 million

5. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters: $5.75 million

[Photo Credit: Universal Pictures]

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