Despite some less-than-stellar reviews, “Identity Thief,” the caper comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, earned top honors Friday (Feb. 8) with a hearty $11.2 million night. That puts the movie on pace for over $34 for its opening weekend, which would be the best opening so far in 2013.
This despite snowstorm Nemo causing many New England theaters to be closed Friday night and probably also keeping many moviegoers at home, even if their local theaters were open.
“Warm Bodies,” the zombie comedy, was second place with a $3.3 million night. “Side Effects,” the only other wide new release, was third with $2.8 million. “Effects” is Steven Soderbergh’s new psychological thriller about the use of antidepressants.
Running in fourth place was “Silver Linings Playbook” at $1.6 million, followed by “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” at $1.3 million. Guillermo del Toro’s horror movie “Mama” was sixth with $1.2 million, followed by “Zero Dark Thirty” at $975,000.