It's Oscars weekend, which means it's a relatively quiet one at the box office, and despite two new films, "Identity Thief" stole back the top slot at the box office, for the weekend of Feb. 22-24, as Box Office Mojo reported on Sunday.
The Jason Bateman - Melissa McCarthy comedy has earned $93.7 million in its three weeks of release, which makes it the highest-grossing movie of 2013 ahead of "Django Unchained" ($90.5 million). To be clear, this regards only 2013 box office receipts; "Django Unchained" is in its ninth week of release. The film took in $14.1 million this weekend.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's action film "Snitch" opened with an estimated $13 million in its debut weekend to land in second place. While on the low side of what you might expect for a film starring "The Rock," consider the recent Arnold Schwarzenegger flop "The Last Stand," which finished in 10th place in its debut weekend with only $6.3 million in domestic receipts.
In third place was "Escape From Planet Earth," which finished with a domestic take of $11 million. That brought its two week total to #35.1 million.
Fourth place was taken by "Safe Haven," which finished third in its debut weekend last week. Despite that showing, it's now ahead of last week's no. one film, "A Good Day to Die Hard." "Safe Haven" took in $10.6 million to finish its second week with a total of $48.1 million.
That's right, despite the fact that it topped domestic box office last weekend, the latest "Die Hard" entry, "A Good Day to Die Hard" plummeted nearly 60 percent from its opening weekend. It took in $10 million even to finish with a two week domestic total of $51.8 million.
The week's other new film, "Dark Skies," placed in sixth position with only $8.9 million.
The top 10 movies are listed below (LW = last week's ranking):
- (2 LW), Identity Thief, 3 weeks
- (N), Snitch
- (4 LW), Escape from Planet Earth, 2 weeks
- (3 LW), Safe Haven, 2 weeks
- (1 LW), A Good Day to Die Hard, 2 weeks
- (N), Dark Skies, $8.9 million, $8.9 million overall, 1 week
- (8 LW), Silver Linings Playbook, $6 million, $107.5 million overall, 15 weeks
- (5 LW), Warm Bodies, $4.8 million, $58.3 million overall, 4 weeks
- (7 LW), Side Effects, $3.5 million, $25.3 million overall, 3 weeks
- (6 LW), Beautiful Creatures, $3.4 million, $16.4 million overall, 2 weeks