It was a pitiful weekend at the box office for the major studios but a very nice one for the smaller, independent ones. Of the top ten films, only three were distributed by one of the Big Five: Identity Thief from Universal; A Good Day to Die Hard, from 20th Century Fox; and Beautiful Creatures from Warner Bros. Identity Thief returned to the top of the heap with $14 million, edging out the Lionsgate/Summit thriller Snitch. Actually, Snitch led Thief on Friday and Sunday but fell behind on Saturday. The remaining three films in the top five ended up in a virtual three-way tie. The Weinstein Co.'s animated Escape from Planet Earth collected $10.7 million; Relativity Media's Safe Haven, $10.5 million; and Fox's A Good Day to Die Hard, $10.2 million. Overall, the box office was down 23 percent from the comparable weekend a year ago, when Act of Valor opened with $24.5 million. The box office has down been down five weeks in a row compared with last year.
The top ten films at the box office over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):
1. Identity Thief, Universal, $14,017,085, 3 Wks. ($93,619,615); 2. Snitch, Lionsgate/Summit, $13,167,607, (New); 3. Escape From Planet Earth, The Weinstein Co. $10,682,037, 2 Wks. ($34,812,699); 4. Safe Haven, Relativity Media, $10,454,713, 2 Wks. ($47,916,356); 5. A Good Day to Die Hard, Fox, $10,165,633, 2 Wks. ($51,967,897); 6. Dark Skies, The Weinstein Co. $8,189,166, (New); 7. Silver Linings Playbook, The Weinstein Co. $5,750,866, 15 Wks. ($107,176,012); 8. Warm Bodies, Lionsgate/Summit, $4,825,388, 4 Wks. ($58,243,441); 9. Beautiful Creatures, Warner Bros., $3,608,333, 2 Wks. ($16,570,598); 10. Side Effects, Open Road Films, $3,357,039, 3 Wks. ($25,099,555).
Take a look back at October's inaugural event.
The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.