Identity Thief Opens With Huge Friday Box Office To Take Over #1
So nearly every critic on earth hated your movie? Well if you're Identity Thief director Seth Gordon, that shouldn't matter at all. The comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman scored a rough 24% on Rotten Tomatoes but made $11.2 million on Friday, easily besting fellow new release Side Effects and taking over the #1 spot at the box office.
The Hollywood Reporter estimates a $34.8 million weekend for the road trip movie, a better opening than McCarthy's smash hit Bridesmaids and Bateman and Gordon's previous team-up Horrible Bosses. It will also probably be the biggest opening of 2013, besting Mama's $28.8 million-- two very big victories for Universal Pictures. As for SIde Effects, the final theatrical release from Steven Soderbergh, it made $3 million on Friday and is on its way to a $10 million weekend-- obviously much smaller potatoes, and nothing compared to Soderbergh's own Magic Mike, but not too bad for an R-rated psychological thriller either.
Number crunchers will still be trying to account for the effect of the Nor'easter Nemo on East Coast moviegoers, but even with Boston completely buried under snow, it's clearly not hurting Identity Thief too much. Let us know in the comments if you're seeing it this weekend, and if you were happier with what you saw than the critics were.
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