10 February 2013 8:49 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Though much of the Northeast is still drowning under an ocean of snow, Blizzard Nemo didn’t sink the national box office. In first place, Identity Thief took in an estimated $36.5 million, for the highest three-day total so far this year. The R-rated comedy is looking like a solid hit - coming in 40% higher than first projected and 73% higher than Side Effects, the weekend’s only other wide release.  Title Weekend Total 1.  Identity Thief $36,590,000 $36.5 2.  Warm Bodies $11,500,000 $36.6 3.  Side Effects $10,015,000 $10 4.  Silver Linings Playbook $6,908,000 $90 5.  Hansel & Gretel $5,750,000 $43.8 6.  Mama $4,300,000 $64 7.  Zero Dark Thirty $4,000,000 $83.5 8.  Argo $2,500,000 $123.7 9.  Django Unchained $2,288,000 $154.5 10.  Bullet to the Head $1,980,000 $8.1 After two less-than stellar frames, the box office showed a little life this weekend by sending its first number one debut above $30 million. Prior to this weekend, the year’s strongest openers were Mama ($28.4 million) and Texas Chainsaw 3D ($21.4 million). Making Identity Thief’s success that much sweeter is the fact that many people believed it wouldn’t happen. »

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