1 March 2013 5:32 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

While a poor start to the year doesn't necessarily doom the year as a whole, things aren't looking good so far in 2013. Total domestic box office in February came in at around $617 million, which makes it the lowest-grossing February since 2002. That figure is off a massive 24 percent from last year's record-setting $818 million, and also down over 10 percent from 2008-2010. The terrible performance is a result of weak holdovers from January combined with a February slate made up mostly of underperformers. There was only one major hit (Identity Thief) and two minor ones (Warm Bodies and Safe Haven), and that just isn't enough to keep the box office afloat in comparison to a record-setting 2012.Identity Thief led the way in February with an excellent $97.7 million through its first 22 days. It took first place on its first and third weekend, and nearly beat A Good Day to Die Hard on its second one. »

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