Weekend Box Office: Snitch Stumbles As Identity Thief Steals Its Way Back To Number One

By Scott Gwin 2013-02-24 20:30:48discussion comments
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Whether he's going by his wrestling monicker "The Rock", or trying to gain some cred by going by his regular name Dwayne Johnson, or trying to regain some attention as an action star by going by The Rock again, Johnson can usually by counted on to draw a reasonable audience to his movies. But this weekend the February doldrums were too much for even The Rock to overcome.

After starting out as the top movie on Friday, The Rock's action entry Snitch tapered off to settle for an overall second place this weekend behind The Identity Thief which returned to the number one spot for the second time in three weekends. With juts $13 million, Snitch marks Johnson's second lowest wide opening ever, behind the awkward Faster debut of $8 million back in 2010.

Following a rocky start domestically, A Good Day to Die Hard saw a fresh breath of financial air as international audiences turned out this week to hand the movie some profits. Even though domestic sales slumped, pushing last week's number one all the way to number five this weekend, the fifth installation in the Die Hard franchise is now close to $200 million world-wide.

Dark Skies, the other newcomer this week, suffered a sleepy opening, landing in sixth place. Ordinarily its $8 million debut would be bad news, but against the film's modest $4 million budget the poorly reviewed thriller won't prove to be a total loss.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

1.
Identity Thief $14,064,000 Total: $93,667,000 LW: 2     WR: 3    
THTRS: 3,222
2.
Snitch * $13,000,000 Total: $13,000,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 2,511
3.
Escape From Planet Earth $11,013,000 Total: $35,144,000 LW: 4     WR: 2    
THTRS: 3,353
4.
Safe Haven $10,600,000 Total: $48,062,000 LW: 3     WR: 2    
THTRS: 3,223
5.
A Good Day to Die Hard $10,000,000 Total: $51,802,000 LW: 1     WR: 2    
THTRS: 3,555
6.
Dark Skies * $8,850,000 Total: $8,850,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 2,313
7.
Silver Linings Playbook $6,051,000 Total: $107,476,000 LW: 8     WR: 15    
THTRS: 2,012
8.
Warm Bodies $4,750,000 Total: $58,268,000 LW: 5     WR: 4    
THTRS: 2,644
9.
Side Effects (2013) $3,511,000 Total: $25,254,000 LW: 7     WR: 3    
THTRS: 2,070
10.
Beautiful Creatures (2013) $3,410,000 Total: $16,372,000 LW: 6     WR: 2    
THTRS: 2,950

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