10 February 2013 11:23 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

In spite of the inclement weather in much of the Northeast, Identity Thief got off to a fantastic start this weekend and is well-positioned to be the first major hit of 2013. Side Effects, on the other hand, was a bit underwhelming in its debut, and will be one of director Steven Soderbergh's more disappointing commercial outings. The Top 12 wound up earning an estimated $89.6 million this weekend, which is off a whopping 48 percent from last year when The Vow and Safe House both opened to over $40 million. At 3,141 locations, Identity Thief earned an estimated $36.6 million this weekend. That's one of the best openings ever for an original R-rated comedy, and it's director Seth Gordon's top start ahead of Four Christmases ($31.1 million) and Horrible Bosses ($28.3 million). It's also way up from Melissa McCarthy's Bridesmaids ($26.2 million); all three of the aforementioned titles wound up closing with at least $117 million, which »

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