Director Ric Roman Waugh’s action flick Snitch was the top movie in the country on Friday.
The film stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a father who goes undercover for the DEA in an effort to get his son out of prison. The $35 million dollar endeavor proved popular with moviegoers at box office on Friday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film brought in an estimated $4.1 million on opening day.
The Rock’s latest cinematic effort has proven yet again that movies don’t necessarily need overwhelmingly strong reviews to be a success. While audiences are clearly showing up for Snitch, the film hasn’t received the greatest reviews from critics. The movie currently has a score of 53 percent at Rotten Tomatoes.
Time reviewer Mary F. Pols clearly wasn’t impressed with Dwayne Johnson’s performance in the flick. She explained that “it hurts to watch him in much the same way it hurts to watch the weightlifting.” However, Rick Groen at the Globe and Mail called it a “pleasant surprise.”
Although critics haven’t been charmed by the flick, moviegoers seem to be enjoying Snitch. The Rotten Tomatoes audience is currently perched at 80 percent.
Writer-director Scott Stewart horror flick Dark Skies also opened this weekend. The film follows a family as they contend with the evil forces that are disrupting their lives. The movie landed in fourth place on Friday with $3 million in ticket sales.
The Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief continues to be a popular favorite with moviegoers this weekend. Although it’s been in theaters for two weeks, the film managed to rake in $4 million on Friday. Director Seth Gordon and writer Craig Mazin’s comedy has already earned $84 million at the box office.
Unfortunately for Bruce Willis and A Good Day to Die Hard, the movie is already headed down the ladder. The sequel only managed to secure $2.8 million on Friday.
Friday’s top ten films are included below.
1. Snitch – $4.1 million
2. Identity Thief – $4.1 million
3. Safe Haven – $3.5 million
4. Dark Skies – $3 million
5. A Good Day to Die Hard – $2.8 million
6. Escape From Planet Earth – $2.3 million
7. Silver Linings Playbook – $1.5 million
8. Warm Bodies – $1.4 million
9. Beautiful Creatures – $1 million
10. Side Effects – $1 million
Did you catch Snitch in theaters on opening day?