Weekend Box Office: Identity Thief Steals The Number One Spot
There can be no doubt that the winter storms in the Northeast took a bite out of box office receipts this weekend, but it wasn't big enough to dampen the antics of Identity Thief. The heavily marketed comedy managed a respectable $36 million opening, more than matching its $35 million budget and putting it on track towards profitability.
Audiences were slightly less enthusiastic about Soderberg's latest and, if his recent conversations with the press are any indication, his last film. With just $10 million Side Effects came in a distant third place.
Silver Linings Playbook slipped to fourth place this weekend, but dropping just 10% from last week the film is still going strong in its 13th week of release. On track to cross the $100 million mark sometime in the next week, the movie has a chance at breaking into the top five money making rated R movies of 2012.
Falling just short of the number ten spot, the 3D IMAX re-release of Top Gun raked in $1.9 million for 11th place this weekend, not bad for a movie showing in just 300 venues. With over $6,000 per theater it had one of the highest averages of the weekend, but the question is whether or not a couple of million dollars will be enough to make converting the 80s classic to 3D IMAX worth it. Either way, reviving director Tony Scott's most well-known movie in such a major fashion marks a poignant way to remember the director who took his own life last August.
For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:
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