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Apparently audiences were looking for a laugh this weekend as the Jason Bateman / Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief debuted at number one with a whopping $36 million.  And I doubt that the majority of those tickets were sold because of Jason Bateman's monotone straight man routine.  Melissa McCarthy is quickly becoming a comedy gold mine.  After Bridesmaids, the doors swung open and she's charging through.  This is the first of two high profile comedies she is anchoring this year, the other being The Heat with co-star Sandra Bullock.  If the success of Identity Thief is any indicator, she could be having a pretty good year.

The other major debut this week was something of a sleeper.  The new Steven Soderbergh thriller Side Effects failed to generate any mania.  The film only took in $9 million over the weekend.  It's interesting, because the film was really sold on the presence of two »

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