Identity Thief returned to the top of the box office as it edged out the debuting Snitch on a lackluster weekend at the box office. The Universal comedy starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman took in an estimated $14 million topping the Dwayne The Rock Johnson thriller with $13 million -- the high end of analysts' forecasts. Studios factored into their estimates the probable box-office slowdown tonight (Sunday), when many moviegoers will be watching the Oscars rather than going to the movies. The animated Escape from Planet Earth came in third in its second week with $11.1 million, beating out the romantic drama Safe Haven with $10.7 million. Rounding out the top five was last week's No. 1 film, A Good Day to Die Hard, which died to the tune of about $10 million, a fall-off of 60 percent from last week. While the film, which cost a reported $92 million to produce, has earned just $52 million domestically, it has been performing respectably overseas. It added $35.7 million to its gross this weekend, bringing its foreign total to $133 million.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. Identity Thief, $14.1 million; 2. Snitch, $13 million; 3. Escape From Planet Earth, $11 million; 4. Safe Haven, $10.6 million; 5. A Good Day to Die Hard, $10 million; 6. Dark Skies, $8.9 million; 7. Silver Linings Playbook, $6.1 million; 8. Warm Bodies, $4.8 million; 9. Side Effects, $3.5 million; 10. Beautiful Creatures, $3.4 million.
There's already an Oscars buzz surrounding this movie.