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Oscar weekend means a quiet week at the box office – and a chance for independent movies to take some of the limelight

Box office is usually dead in the water on Oscar weekend and this year was no exception. A particularly weak session that fell roughly 22% against the same period in 2012 enabled the Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief to creep back up to number one as Summit's crime drama Snitch failed to capitalise. The latter stars Dwayne Johnson, the versatile former wrestler. The man occasionally known as the Rock plays a small business owner who cuts a deal to infiltrate a criminal organisation in order to free his son who got caught up in a drug deal.

Snitch is a classic example of how the increasingly influential independent space can make, acquire and distribute movies that, at the right time, can compete with anything the traditional studios have to offer. »

- Jeremy Kay

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