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Melissa McCarthy in 'Identity Thief' Blu-ray: Step aside, boys -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s difficult to imagine Identity Thief, this year’s biggest comedy, without Melissa McCarthy. But when Jason Bateman and director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) were originally planning their buddy-road movie with its nods to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Midnight Run, the Oscar-nominated actress wasn’t part of the picture. In fact, her felonious character who steals people’s identities and maxes out their credit limits wasn’t even a she — it was a he. Then came Bridesmaids, which opened Hollywood’s eyes to a new brand of bawdy female comedy that was the perfect match for Gordon’s R-rated comedy. With McCarthy playing the outrageous, unpredictable crook and Bateman playing the perfect trusted, beleaguered neighbor who could live in your cul-de-sac, Identity Thief scored $133 million at the box office, making it the biggest February opening since Hitch.

Makes you wonder… what were the boys thinking in the first place? I think I speak for everyone, Melissa, when I say, “I visually enjoy you.”

Identity Thief can be downloaded digitally beginning tomorrow, and an Unrated Blu-ray is set for release on June 4. Check out an exclusive video clip that discusses how McCarthy changed everything. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Oz' endures with $42.2 million; 'The Call' dials up better numbers than 'Burt Wonderstone'

James Franco had a great weekend at the box office. Not only did his $215 million blockbuster Oz The Great and Powerful top the chart for a second time, his edgy indie Spring Breakers made a big splash in limited release.

Oz dropped by a modest 47 percent to $42.2 million this weekend, lifting its domestic total to $145 million. In doing so, Oz surpassed Identity Thief to become the biggest hit of 2013 so far. Overseas, Oz hasn’t had quite as magical of a run. The film conjured another $46.6 million from 55 territories (about 85 percent of the international market) and has now grossed a $136.8 million abroad. The fact that the domestic total still leads the international total for an effects-driven spectacle is a testament to The Wizard of Oz’s enduring equity in American culture and its lack of such equity overseas. Still, let’s not pretend that Disney is sad about a 10-day total of $281.8 million worldwide. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Oz' wins Friday with $11.4 million; 'The Call' crushes 'Burt Wonderstone'

Disney’s $215 million adventure Oz The Great and Powerful kept marching right down the yellow brick road to profitability on its second Friday in theaters. The film, which crossed the $100 million mark on Thursday, its sixth day of release, earned another $11.4 million yesterday, putting it on pace for a $44 million weekend, a $146 million total, and an easy first-place finish.

In second, Halle Berry’s latest, The Call, performed way above expectations in 2,507 theaters. Distributor Sony/TriStar was only expecting the film to open in the $10-12 million range, but thanks to a robust $6.2 million Friday, the thriller is headed for an opening of about $17 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office preview: 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' will lack the magic of 'Oz'

A new magician movie and telephonic thriller are stepping onto the box office stage to take on the blockbuster wizard, Oz The Great and Powerful, this weekend. But Disney doesn’t need to worry. Here’s how the box office may play out:

1. Oz The Great and Powerful – $47 million

Disney’s $215 million Sam Raimi-directed fairy tale scored a blazing $79.1 million last weekend, and it has no chance of leaving the top spot this time around. Word-of-mouth on the film is solid, and neither of this weekend’s two newcomers will challenge Oz when it comes to attracting families. A 40-percent drop would give Oz a very great and very powerful second weekend of $47 million and a running total just shy of $150 million. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Oz' makes munchkins of competition with huge $80.3 million bow

Thanks to the release of Oz: The Great and Powerful, Disney is seeing green this morning, or, more accurately, emerald. Oz earned a robust $80.3 million from 3,912 theaters in its first three days, which gave the 3-D adventure a tremendous $20,251 per theater average — not to mention bragging rights as the highest debut since The Hobbit‘s $85.8 million bow in December. A solid 53 percent of Oz‘s gross came from 3-D showings, while 10 percent ($8.2 million) came from 307 IMAX screens.

Oz‘s daily grosses suggest it played very well with families. After a $24.1 million Friday, Oz ticked up 37 percent to $33 million on Saturday (for comparison, Disney’s 2010 fairy tale Alice in Wonderland increased 8 percent on its first Saturday), and then held well with $23.1 million on Sunday. Family viewing typically drives ticket sales during early showtimes on Saturdays and Sundays. According to Dave Hollis, Disney’s head of distribution, the film was absolutely a hit with families, but it played across all demographics effectively. He says that 46 percent of Oz‘s audience was under 25, while 54 percent was older. Teens made up 16 percent of the opening weekend crowd. Couples accounted for 43 percent of business, and families accounted for 41 percent. Male/female viewing was fairly evenly split at 48/52 percent. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Oz' conjures $24.1 million on Friday, headed for $80 million weekend

Disney’s $215 million tentpole Oz: The Great and Powerful took off down the yellow brick road on Friday, earning an impressive $24.1 million in its first day. The Sam Raimi-directed film is headed to a huge weekend in the $80 million range, meaning Oz‘s debut will be the strongest opening since The Hobbit’s $85.8 million bow in December. Worldwide, Oz is all but guaranteed to do gangbusters.

Meanwhile, last weekend’s “champ,” Jack the Giant Slayer, tumbled by 67 percent into second place with $2.5 million. The disastrous release, which New Line says cost $185 million (though, industry chatter suggests an even higher budget), may earn about $9 million in its sophomore weekend, giving Jack an anemic $43 million after ten days.

Oz wasn’t the only new release this weekend, but it may as well have been. FilmDistrict’s Dead Man Down, a revenge thriller starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, was very much dead on arrival. The film earned a puny $1.8 million on its opening day — the same amount Identity Thief grossed on its fifth Friday. Dead will find just over $5 million for the weekend.

Check back tomorrow for the full box office report.

1. Oz: The Great and Powerful – $24.1 million
2. Jack the Giant Slayer – $2.5 million
3. Dead Man Down – $1.8 million
4. Identity Thief – $1.8 million
5. 21 And Over – $1.6 million

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Box office report: 'Jack the Giant Slayer' leads a dismal weekend; 'Identity Thief' becomes the first $100 million movie of 2013

Jack the Giant Slayer (CinemaScore: B+) picked up significantly over the weekend, earning a $28 million opening on 3,525 screens. This is better than it was tracking on Friday, likely due to the fact that families waited until the weekend to see the film. Still, it’s nowhere near what the movie needed to take in on its opening weekend, and will likely not even come close to making up for its almost $200 million budget. To put a little perspective on this March weekend, the same timeframe last year had an animated opening and an R-rated party movie that fared much better than Jack and 21 and Over (in third place)–Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax opened at $70.2 million and Project X at $21.1 million.

As the first $100 million movie of 2013, Identity Thief made $9.7 million in its fourth weekend in theaters. Down 31% from last weekend, Universal’s Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy comedy picked up eight new theaters. If it wasn’t obvious that Identity Thief was a runaway success, the R-rated movie has already made three times its opening weekend. Paul Feig and company should be anxious to find out if the McCarthy/Sandra Bullock vehicle The Heat will boast similar profits when it opens in June.


Box office update: 'Jack the Giant Slayer' wins Friday, still disappoints; '21 and Over' and 'Last Exorcism Part II' battle it out for second place

Jack the Giant Slayer took first place at the box office with a disappointing $7.7 million Friday opening. The 3-D adventure, which was originally slated for a June 2012 release, opened wide this weekend in 3,525 locations and averaged about $2,187 per screen. The $200 million epic directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2) stars Ewan McGregor and Nicholas Hoult, and could be the first big flop of 2013. EW wrote about the hurdles Jack is expected to face in the coming weeks, especially after Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful opens March 8.

The party movie with a cast of relative unknowns, 21 and Over, opened Friday in 2,771 locations at an estimated $3.34 million. At this rate, Relativity’s $13 million R-rated comedy is poised to close out the weekend at around $9 million, tracking below early estimates that it would surpass its budget on opening weekend.


Box office preview: 'Jack the Giant Slayer' hopes to climb higher than '21 And Over'

The difference in the budgets of this weekend’s top two contenders, Jack the Giant Slayer and 21 And Over, is over $170 million, but they may finish within $5 million of each other at the box office this weekend. Sound troubling? It is.

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

1. Jack the Giant Slayer – $23 million

Based on poor tracking and weak social media buzz, this Warner Bros. and New Line production, which was originally scheduled for a June 2012 release, looks like it may be 2013’s first major bomb — one on par with Battleship or John Carter. (Read the full write-up on Jack‘s financial woes, published earlier this week, here.) New Line claims the Bryan Singer-directed picture cost $185 million to produce, though chatter among insiders suggests the budget actually climbed to at least $200 million. Earlier this month, star Nicholas Hoult scored a modest hit with Warm Bodies, which has earned $59 million after four weeks, but his presence is unlikely to draw many to theaters. Distressingly, Jack isn’t guaranteed to do much more business than Warm Bodies, either. The film, opening on about 3,500 theaters, looks headed for a very un-giant $23 million frame. READ FULL STORY

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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