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Weekend Report: 'Identity Thief' Steals Back the Top Spot on Quiet Weekend

24 February 2013 12:35 PM, PST

As widely expected, the final weekend of February was another dour one, which brings to an end an extremely disappointing month at the box office. With Sunday's Academy Awards serving as a distraction for many moviegoers, newcomers Snitch and Dark Skies both got off to middling starts. As a result, 2013's first major hit Identity Thief moved back in to the lead in its third weekend.The top 12 earned $88.3 million this weekend, which is down 22 percent from the same weekend last year.Identity Thief fell 41 percent to $14 million this weekend. Through 17 days, the Jason Bateman-Melissa McCarthy comedy has earned $93.6 million, which makes it the highest-grossing movie of 2013 ahead of Django Unchained ($90.5 million). By Friday, Identity Thief will become the first 2013 movie to pass $100 million, and it should have little difficulty matching director Seth Gordon's Horrible Bosses, which ended its run with $117.5 million. Snitch opened in second place with $13.2 million from 2,511 locations. »

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Friday Report: 'Snitch' Barely Beats 'Identity Thief'

23 February 2013 11:33 AM, PST

At the start of another slow weekend at the box office, Snitch narrowly took first place ahead of strong holdover Identity Thief. For the weekend, though, it looks like the Jason Bateman-Melissa McCarthy comedy will make its way back to the top spot.Snitch debuted to a modest $4.14 million from 2,511 locations yesterday. That's way better than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Faster, which opened the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 2010 and only mustered $3.5 million through its first two days. It's also around twice as much as recent tough guy disappointments like Parker ($2.15 million), The Last Stand ($2.03 million), and Bullet to the Head ($1.74 million). Still, the movie is only projected to earn around $11.5 million this weekend, which is nothing to write home about.In second place, Identity Thief fell 37 percent to an estimated $4.1 million (or around $40,000 less than Snitch). Universal is projecting a weekend gross north of $13 million, which will be good for first place. »

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Oscar Contenders Earn Over $300 Million After Nominations

22 February 2013 3:20 PM, PST

Much more so than in past years, the 2012 Best Picture Oscar contenders have collectively put up strong box office numbers in the six weeks since nominations were announced. From nomination day (January 10th) through the Thursday before Oscars (February 21), the nine Best Picture nominees have grossed over $305 million at the domestic box office. That's a new record ahead of 1997's $260.9 million (over half of which came from Titanic).There are a handful of factors that help explain this phenomenon, many of which simply have to do with scheduling. This year the nominations were announced earlier, giving a full 12 days more in the post-nomination, pre-awards period than there was the last two years. Also, seven of the nine Best Picture nominees opened in November or December, which is noticeably more than the five from 2010/2011 and the four from 2009. Finally, this is only the fourth year in the modern era in which »


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Forecast: 'Snitch,' 'Dark Skies' Debut on Oscar Weekend

21 February 2013 4:48 PM, PST

The final weekend of February is typically a slow time at the box office, and that looks to be the case again this year. With many moviegoers gearing up for the Academy Awards on Sunday, new nationwide releases Snitch and Dark Skies are both poised for modest debuts, and there's a good chance holdover Identity Thief winds up taking first place. Overall box office will once again be down year-over-year this weekend, which brings to an end a very mediocre month. At 2,511 locations, Snitch is the latest starring vehicle for wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Johnson has a solid track record at the box office: last year, he led Journey 2: The Mysterious Island to a very good $103.9 million, and the year before he helped Fast Five set a franchise record with $209.8 million. He's also headlined a handful of modestly-successful family movies like Tooth Fairy ($60 million), Race to Witch Mountain ($67.2 million) and, »

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Around-the-World Roundup: Fifth 'Die Hard' Has 'Good Day' Overseas

19 February 2013 3:58 PM, PST

Coinciding with its domestic debut, A Good Day to Die Hard expanded in to a total of 65 foreign markets and easily took first place at the overseas box office this weekend. Meanwhile, Django Unchained passed another significant milestone, and Skyfall joined the elusive $800 million overseas club. The fifth Die Hard movie tallied $60.2 million this weekend for an early total of $78.7 million. Its top market was the U.K. with $7.5 million, though it also had good starts in Japan ($7 million) and Germany ($6.5 million) and decent debuts in Mexico ($3 million) and Spain ($1.98 million). Oddly, despite its Moscow setting A Good Day to Die Hard only opened to $6.6 million in Russia (noticeably less than last month's Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, for example). Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, also underwhelmed in Russia ($12.4 million total) even though it featured a lengthy section in Moscow; this suggests that setting a movie in Russia doesn't »

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Weekend Report: 'Die Hard' Narrowly Wins Presidents Day Weekend

18 February 2013 2:32 PM, PST

A Good Day to Die Hard opened in first place over Presidents Day weekend, though it was overshadowed to some extent by strong runner-up performances from Safe Haven and Escape From Planet Earth. Meanwhile, Beautiful Creatures was such a huge miss that it could temporarily quell the post-Twilight young adult adaptation craze.For the four-day holiday weekend, the Top 12 grossed $149.4 million, which is off around 13 percent from the same period last year. Overall, the month of February is on pace to wind up significantly off from last year's record-setting $818.2 million gross.A Good Day to Die Hard grossed $28.6 million over the four-day period, which ranks 10th all-time among Presidents Day openers. That's a bit underwhelming for a heavily-marketed franchise movie: in comparison, Unknown opened to $25.5 million on Presidents Day 2011, while Safe House tallied $27.5 million over Presidents Day last year (which was the movie's second weekend). Rolling in its Thursday gross, »

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