Identity Thief took in $1.52 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a second consecutive day. Universal's modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy increased 3 percent over Wednesday and was down 72 percent from last Thursday's inflated Valentine's Day performance. Identity Thief placed in a close second for the week with $32.31 million. That was down a healthy 32 percent from the film's opening week performance and places the film's two-week total at a stronger than expected $79.60 million.
Fox's A Good Day to Die Hard held steady in second place with $1.35 million. The fifth installment of the action franchise starring Bruce Willis fell 8 percent from Wednesday. That represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide release, which isn't a good sign for the film going forward. A Good Day to Die Hard was down 84 percent from last Thursday's opening day performance. A Good Day to Die Hard led the weekly box office with $33.56 million, but has grossed a softer than expected $41.80 million through eight days of release.
Relativity's Safe Haven grossed $1.26 million to remain in third. The romantic drama starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough was unchanged from Wednesday and down a sharp, but understandable 86 percent from last Thursday's opening day performance. Safe Haven placed in third for the week with $28.63 million and has grossed a very solid $37.46 million in its first eight days.
Escape From Planet Earth grossed $0.87 million to continue to claim fourth place. The 3D computer animated film from The Weinstein Company increased a modest 1 percent over Wednesday. Thanks in part to it being the first real option for family audiences to be released in 2013, Escape From Planet Earth continues to exceed expectations with a seven-day start of $24.13 million. The film placed in fourth for the week.Warner's
Beautiful Creatures continued to disappoint on Thursday with an eighth place take of $0.427 million. The adaptation of the young adult fantasy novel simply couldn't compete with Safe Haven this week; managing only $10.42 million to place in sixth for the frame. The eight-day total for Beautiful Creatures stands at $12.96 million.
Silver Linings Playbook led the way among Best Picture nominees on Thursday and placed in fifth among all films with a daily take of $0.55 million. Daily grosses for other Best Picture nominees still in major release included $261,591 for Zero Dark Thirty, $174,737 for Life of Pi, $172,149 for Argo, $159,944 for Lincoln, $155,063 for Django Unchained and $98,020 for Les Misérables.
Heading into Academy Awards weekend, respective total domestic grosses stand at $177.12 million for Lincoln, $157.81 million for Django Unchained, $146.06 million for Les Misérables, $127.83 million for Argo, $111.92 million for Life of Pi, $101.43 million for Silver Linings Playbook and at $89.31 million for Zero Dark Thirty. Meanwhile, Beasts of the Southern Wild has grossed $12.36 million to date, while Amour has grossed $4.43 million.