10 February 2013 1:38 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Despite a massive blizzard shutting down the Northeastern United States, the North American box office laughed its way to the bank thanks to Universal's R-rated comedy Identity Thief. The Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman comedy easily beat the debut of Steven Soderbergh's latest flick Side Effects as well as regulating last week's champ Warm Bodies from the top spot. Despite the big opening of Thief, the box office was down a steep 45% from last year when four movies opened north of $20 million, including the $40 million plus debuts of The Vow and Safe House.

It got decked by the nation's critics (especially a rather cruel review by the relic known as Rex Reed) to the tune of a 24% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but that didn't stop people from turning out en masse to watch Identity Thief. The R-rated comedy from Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon arrived on 3,141 screens to »

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