'Identity Thief' Swipes the Top Spot; 'Side Effects' Starts Modestly

on February 09, 2013 by Shawn Robbins

Snowstorm or no snowstorm, audiences across America have clearly been itching for an appealing comedy with recognizable jokers. Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy helped lead Identity Thief to an impressive $11.2 million opening on Friday. That tops the $7.8 million first day take for Bridesmaids, as well as the $9.89 million Friday of Horrible Bosses back in 2011. Identity Thief's opening is more in line with that of Todd Phillips' Due Date ($12.2 million opening day). Boxoffice.com is currently projecting a $35 million weekend for director Seth Gordon's latest hit.

Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects didn't fare as well in its debut this weekend. Pulling $2.8 million on Friday, the pharmaceutical thriller is on pace for an $8.5 million opening weekend. That's on par with last year's Haywire ($8.4 million opening weekend) and significantly behind Contagion's $22.4 million debut in late 2011 (though, to be fair, that film carried a larger international cast and wasn't rated R).

Last weekend's top flick, Warm Bodies, dropped 59.5 percent from its first day gross to $3.3 million yesterday. The well-received zombie-comedy is on pace for a $10.5 million sophomore frame.

Silver Linings Playbook continues its renewed run toward $100 million domestically. The word-of-mouth hit/multiple Oscar nominee grossed $1.6 million on Friday and increased its domestic total to $84.7 million. We're projecting a $6.5 million weekend.

Meanwhile, Argo continued to take advantage of its increase in theatrical venues with a week and a half before it hits the home video market. The Best Picture nominee was down just 3 percent Friday-to-Friday and took in $565k yesterday. Heading toward a $2.5 million weekend, Argo's domestic total through Friday stands at $121.8 million.

Lastly, Top Gun took in $530k on Friday to start its limited engagement IMAX-only re-release. We're projecting a $1.9 million weekend.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris

Tags: Identity Thief, Side Effects

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