'Identity Thief' Remains Strong on Tuesday

on February 13, 2013 by Daniel Garris

Universal's Identity Thief grossed $2.83 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a fifth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy experienced a 13 percent increase over Monday, which was in line with the type of daily increases experienced by most other films in the top ten on Tuesday. Identity Thief continues to outpace pre-release expectations with a strong five-day start of $39.88 million. Compared to previous comedies that opened the frame before Presidents Day weekend, Identity Thief is running 7 percent stronger than the $37.30 million four-day start of 2007's Norbit and 2.5 percent stronger than the $38.90 million five-day take of 2011's Just Go with It.

Open Road's Side Effects was up one spot and a healthy 23 percent over Monday to claim second place with $0.90 million. After a slower than expected start on Friday, the Steven Soderbergh directed thriller has displayed solid holding power thus far, though whether or not it will be able to keep it up going forward remains to be seen. Side Effects has grossed $10.94 million in five days, placing it 9 percent ahead of the $10.03 million five-day start of last year's Haywire.

Warm Bodies fell one spot from Monday to place in third with $0.78 million. Lionsgate's PG-13 zombie comedy was unchanged from Monday and down 46 percent from last Tuesday. Warm Bodies has grossed $38.04 million through twelve days of release.

Silver Linings Playbook held steady in fourth pace with $0.60 million. The Best Picture nominee from The Weinstein Company was up 19 percent over Monday and down 33 percent from last Tuesday. With a current domestic total of $90.63 million, Silver Linings Playbook is on the verge of surpassing the $93.62 million total gross of 2010's The Fighter.

Paramount's Top Gun 3D placed in eighth with $288,225. The IMAX re-issue of the 1986 blockbuster was up 13 percent over Monday. Top Gun 3D has grossed $2.51 million in five days from just 300 locations. The lifetime unadjusted domestic gross for Top Gun currently stands at $179.29 million.

Tags: Top Gun 3D, Silver Linings Playbook, Warm Bodies, Side Effects, Identity Thief

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