With all eyes on the Oscars, Identity Thief topped the weekend box office in its third week of release.
Identity Thief crawled back into the number one spot after falling to A Good Day To Die Hard over the long President’s Day weekend.
Three weeks ago Identity Thief debuted at number one, taking in $34.5 million. The Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy vehicle has wheels. Box Office Mojo reports the comedy made $14 million this weekend, bringing its three week total to $93.5 million.
In second place for the weekend wasDwayne Johnson’s action drama Snitch. It almost KO’d Identity Thief, but fell just short with a $13 million haul.
A Good Day To Die Hard stumbled in it’s second weekend, taking in $10 million. That’s a 60 percent drop from last weekend. In comparison, Live Free or Die Hard opened in 2007 to $33 million and dropped to $17 million in its second weekend. That’s only a 46 percent drop. Audiences may be tiring of John McClaine after 25 years.
For director Seth Gordon, Identity Thief is another hit in a career that has seen no misses. After debuting with the fascinating documentary The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters, Gordon jumped into the narrative world.
Gordon’s first narrative feature was the Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon Christmas movie Four Christmases. It made $120 million.
Next was Horrible Bosses, a dark comedy starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day. It ended its theatrical run with $117 million.
Identity Thief is on pace to be Gordon’s biggest earner yet. With $93 million after three weeks it’s almost sure to top $120 million by the end of it’s run.
Rounding out the three, four and five spots for the weekend are:
3) Escape From Planet Earth – $11 million, $35 million total
4) Safe Haven – $10.5 million, $48 million total
5) A Good Day To Die Hard – $10 million, $52 million total
Here is the trailer for Identity Thief:
Are you surprised Identity Thief topped the box office in its third weekend?