Box Office: IDENTITY THEFT Steals #1; WARM BODIES Hot & SIDE EFFECTS Sidelined


Bad weather and poor reviews couldn’t stop the terrible looking Identity Theft from stealing the top spot at the box office. The Melissa McCarthy/Jason Bateman comedy looks set to score $34 million over the weekend – about a million shy of its $35 million production budget. Predictions pegged this to debut with around $20 million (shows what they know) and this now has a fair shot of hitting $100 million. Oh dear.

$9 million would see zombie-rom-com, Warm Bodies raise its cume to $34 million. That’s a great number for this teen-aimed flick, but it won’t hit Zombieland’s $75 million domestic haul.

Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects should debut in third place with around $8 million. It’s a reasonably solid number for this thriller, but you would expect more for a film from the A-list auteur and a cast that features Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Channing Tatum.

The Silver Linings Playbook continues its impressive run in the lead-up to the Oscars, banking another $5.8 million for a total of $88.9 million after 13 weeks on release. If you loved the film, then I highly recommend that you read the book – read my review.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters has scored more cash than many predicted – myself included. The actioner should greet Monday morning with just under $43 million after grossing another $4.8 million.

Jessica Chastain starrers Mama and Zero Dark Thirty should gross $4 million and $3.5 million for total grosses of $63 and $83 million respectively. Is she a bankable star yet? I dunno.

Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained continues to find an audience. The ‘southern’ should raise its haul to $154 million.

Ben Affleck’s Oscar hopeful, Argo will re-enter the top ten, banking $2 million for a great $123 million total gross. Argo looks like a lock for Best Picture at the Oscars and it might even score some Bafta action tomorrow might.

Sylvester Stallone’s bomb, Bullet To The Head should shoot up another $1.5 million for a poor $7.7 million total. First The Last Stand and now this – where are the old school action lovers?

The late, great Tony Scott’s Top Gun should bank around $1.3 million on IMAX 3D – a decent number, before the Tom Cruise starrer hits Blu-ray next month.

Source: Deadline