Neither critics nor winter could stop the momentum of Identity Thief this weekend, as the R-rated comedy managed to make over $35 million, landing comfortably in first place. Based on reviews, it’s tempting to assume something suspicious is afoot, like Universal studios duplicated all our credit cards in the night and bought tickets to the Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy film in our name. No such luck. Dropping 44%, Warm Bodies fell to second and Steven Soderbergh’s newest (and last?), Side Effects, debuted in third. Rounding out the bottom two, with some variety to boot, were Sliver Linings Playbook and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Identity Thief $36,593,000
Winter, what have you done!? With no end in sight to these bleak months, audiences are doomed to keep schilling out their hard earned pennies dollars on mediocre releases. With the audience's gender divide evenly split, we can’t even blame one of the sexes for this. Equality, at last, we guess.
Warm Bodies $11,500,000 (Total: $36,652,000)
This zombie love tale was another film to get largely dismissed by critics, but with few choices out there audiences were still checking out Nicholas Houly (aka Jennifer Lawrence’s ex-boyfriend) in his first major role.
Side Effects $10,015,000
Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum paired up again for their third collaboration (after Haywire and Magic Mike) with middling results. A pharmaceutical psychological thriller, Side Effects is turning out to be a disappointment for fans of the director, who has stated he will now be retiring.
Silver Linings Playbook $6,908,000 ($90,002,000)
David O. Russell's film is hanging in there as sure as Bradley Cooper can speak French.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters $5,750,000 (Total: $43,833,000)
Figures via Box Office Mojo.