A weak pair of debuts and return of The Rock proved to be no match to Universal's hit comedy Identity Thief as the Melissa McCarthy flick regained the top spot at the North American box office on Academy Awards weekend. Bad weather across the country and a stale selection of multiplex offerings added up to a weekend that saw business dip 20% below last year at this time.
After narrowly being defeated by A Good Day to Die Hard last weekend, Identity Thief reclaimed the throne with a $14.1 million estimate on 3,222 screens in its third round, an audience erosion of approximately 40%. To date, the Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy comedy has earned a great $93.7 million and should cross the $100 million mark by next Friday. Depending on how well it holds in the upcoming weeks, Identity Thief should wind down its theatrical haul near the $130 million mark.
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