melissa mccarthy jason bateman identity thief universal Box Office: 'Identity Thief' steals $36.6 million for biggest opening weekend of 2013According to studio estimates, “Identity Thief” is on its way to a big opening weekend. The comedy, starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, is projected to earn $36.6 million its first weekend at the box office. That is the biggest opening weekend so far in 2013 by over $8 million.

Coming in a distant second is “Warm Bodies” at $11.5 million, followed by “Side Effects” at $10 million, “Silver Linings Playbook” at $6.9 million and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” at $5.75 million to round out the Top 5.

The rest of the Top 10 includes “Mama” ($4.3 million), “Zero Dark Thirty” ($4 million), “Argo” ($2.5 million), “Django Unchained” ($2.3 million) and “Bullet to the Head” ($1.98 million).

The only other “new” release, besides “Thief” and “Side Effects,” is “Top Gun” being re-released in 3D IMAX. It is only in 300 theaters so far, but earned nearly $2 million.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."