'Snitch' Takes #1 on Friday, 'Identity Thief' Projected to Win Weekend; 'Dark Skies' Outside the Top 5

on February 23, 2013 by Shawn Robbins
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Dwayne Johnson's Snitch posted a decent opening yesterday with $4.14 million, putting it on pace for a second place debut of $12.4 million through Sunday. While significantly behind Contraband's $24.3 million debut last year, Snitch still marks an improvement over Johnson's Faster which opened to just $8.5 million back in November 2010.

Identity Thief lost Friday by a hair but is on track to return to the #1 position in its third weekend of release. With an estimated $4.1 million yesterday, the comedy hit should pull in $13.4 million in its third frame. Through Friday, the film has tallied $83.7 million.

The romantic drama Safe Haven grossed $3.52 million on Friday, shifting its domestic tally up to $40.98 million after nine days in release. Boxoffice.com is projecting a solid 49.5 percent weekend decline to $10.8 million in its sophomore frame.

As the only fresh option in the market for families, Escape from Planet Earth held up well as expected. The animated flick was down just 36.4 percent Friday-to-Friday with $2.354 million yesterday. We're projecting a $10.4 million weekend.

Fox's A Good Day to Die Hard grossed $2.8 million on its second Friday, bumping the domestic total up to $44.6 million through nine days of release. We're projecting a 59.7 percent drop from the sequel's 3-day take last weekend for a $10 million second weekend.

Last up, The Weinstein Company's Dark Skies debuted slightly under expectations with $3.087 million in the bank on Friday. We're projecting an $8.4 million debut weekend for the horror flick.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris

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