Friday Box Office

Friday Box Office: ‘Identity Thief’ Earns $11 Million Despite Bad Reviews

Director Seth Gordon’s Identity Thief generated around $11 million at the box office on Friday. Not even a slew of bad reviews could slow it down.

The comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman hasn’t fared very well with critics. According to Cinema Blend, the film stomped the competition despite the lashing it has received. When all is said and done, the film’s three-day total could rest at around $34 million.

While audiences seem to be turning out for Gordon’s comedy, critics haven’t been very kind to his endeavor. The film’s Rotten Tomatoes score is currently parked at 24 percent. However, the audience score is a healthy 74 percent.

The Inquisitr previously reported that critic Rex Reed was particularly hard on the film and star Melissas McCarthy. In his now-infamous review, Reed called the actress a “hippo” and described her as “tractor-sized.” In response to the write-up, Bridesmaids director Paul Feig addressed Reed’s mean-spirited comments on Twitter.

This weekend’s other debut couldn’t seem to find an audience at the local cineplex. The Hollywood Reporter explains that director Steven Soderbergh’s final theatrical release Side Effects only earned about $2.7 million on Friday. Analysts believe the film will bring in around $9 million over the weekend. The thriller stars Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, and Jude Law.

Last weekend’s box office champ Warm Bodies continued to do strong business on Friday. Summit Entertainment’s romantic zombie comedy is proving popular with moviegoers. The film earned $3 million at the start of the weekend, which could put it on track to make around $10 by Sunday.

Rounding out the top five are David O. Russell’s critical darling Silver Linings Playbook and the Jeremy Renner action-horror flick Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. According to the folks at Deadline, the films earned $1.5 million and $1.3 million on Friday, respectively.

Did you catch Identity Thief or Side Effects in theaters on Friday?