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Box office report: 'Identity Thief' steals the No. 1 spot from 'Snitch' with $14.1 million

The biggest hit of 2013, Universal’s $35 million comedy Identity Thief, returned to the top spot at the box office in its third weekend. The Melissa McCarthy/Jason Bateman vehicle dipped 41 percent to $14.1 million, lifting its total to a robust $93.7 million. By this time next week, Identity Thief will have swiped over $100 million domestically, which bodes very well for Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming Sandra Bullock collaboration The Heat, due out June 28.

Were Identity Thief not holding so well, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s latest action thriller Snitch could have won the weekend. As things stand, though, it will have to settle for second place with a not-half-bad $13 million. Snitch‘s debut can’t hold a candle to Johnson’s recent efforts in ensemble sequels like Fast Five ($86.2 million opening) and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ($27.3 million opening), but it opened much better than his last effort as a leading action star, Faster, which started with $8.5 million in 2010.

Distributor Summit, who acquired the film from Exclusive Media and Participant, did not disclose a budget for the film when reached, though IMDb estimates it cost $35 million to produce. Snitch earned a middling “B” CinemaScore grade from audiences, which were 53 percent male and 57 percent above the age of 30.

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Box office update: 'Snitch' barely beats 'Identity Thief' with $4.1M on Friday; 'Die Hard' falls hard

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s latest action thriller Snitch topped the box office on Friday, but its lead certainly isn’t as solid as a rock.

Snitch scored $4.1 million on opening day, which may lead to a relatively decent $11.5 million frame — though, one that continues the trend of underwhelming returns for male-driven action films in 2013. While Snitch‘s debut will pale in comparison to the successful openings of Johnson’s recent ensemble films Fast Five ($86.2 million) and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ($27.3 million), it will be better than his last effort as a leading action star, Faster, which opened with $8.5 million in 2010.

Trailing Snitch by about $40,000 on Friday was Universal’s hit comedy Identity Thief, which took in another $4.1 million on Friday and will climb to No. 1 by Sunday. The $35 million film, now in its third weekend, should take in about $14 million thanks to strong Saturday and Sunday performances, bringing its total to $94 million.

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Box office preview: 'Snitch' facing 'Dark Skies' on Oscar weekend

Yet again, the box office is headed for a slow weekend, marking what has become a rather distressing trend for the film industry in 2013. Granted, it’s Oscar weekend this time around — so at least Hollywood has a good excuse.

Here’s how the weekend box office may shake out:

1. Identity Thief – $14 million

The Melissa McCarthy/Jason Bateman comedy is already the highest grossing film of 2013, and it may climb from No. 2 to No. 1 in its third frame. With no new comedies entering the marketplace, Identity Thief should fall by about 40 percent to $14 million — good for an $95 million total. READ FULL STORY

'Dark Skies' really, really wants to scare you (with secrets!) -- VIDEO

On Feb. 22, The Weinstein Co. will release Dark Skies, starring Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton as a suburban couple whose lives get really, really difficult. That’s a large part of all we know about the film, whose secrecy has been turned into a shell game.

Enter two new sources of information: the film’s trailer and the website YouHaveBeenChosen.org, which is part of an interactive marketing push to scare and intrigue audiences without quite telling them what to be scared, or intrigued, by.

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