It's comedy vs. drama for the number 1 spot in this weekend's box office, and as it turns out, crime does pay.
At number 1 is Identity Thief (read our review), which debuted with a massive $36.5 million. The R-rated comedy didn't fare too well with critics, but apparently the talents of Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy were enough to make bank.
Estimates put Identity Thief's production at somewhere around $35 million, so the film is likely very close to generating a profit already. Needless to say, expect to see more of this McCarthy girl in the future.
At a very distant number 2 is Warm Bodies with $11.5 million. Ironically, the zombie-filled romantic comedy is also at $36.5 million in domestic grosses. Shows what type of opening studios can get when they go with known actors.
Steven Soderbergh's "final" feature film, Side Effects (read our review) comes in at number 3 with $10 million. We'd like to say that Soderbergh went out on a high note, but a $10 million opening isn't ideal.
For critics, the film charted all over the board, with some absolutely loving it and a few finding a few too many problems. Marketing could have played a factor, as most trailers failed to relay the complexity of the film's plot.
Old reliable Silver Linings Playbook is in at number 4 with $6.9 million. The film, which stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, is now at $90 million in domestic grosses.
Rounding out the top 5 is Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters with $5.7 million. A $43 million total thus far puts the film on the cusp of surpassing its $50 production budget, but a steady decline week-to-week suggests the witch hunting train will stop here.
Mama is the number 6 film this weekend with $4.3 million. Anything Jessica Chastain touches seems to turn to box office gold recently, as the low budget horror film is now at $64 million in domestic grosses.
Speaking of Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty is the number 7 film this weekend with $4 million. Despite its controversial subject matter, ZDT is director Kathryn Bigelow's highest grossing film (by a large margin) with $83 million.
We thought we had seen the last of Argo, but like an Oscar-nominated phoenix rising from the ashes, the film has returned to claim the number 8 spot with $2.5 million. We haven't seen it for a while, but the film is now up to $123 million.
Since being snubbed for a Best Director nomination, the film has collected several Best Picture awards from the Golden Globes and the Producer's Guild, and Affleck even netted himself a DGA (Director's Guild of America) Award. Considering its current accolades, and its status as Oscar frontrunner, it's easy to see why Argo has returned to the top 10.
Django Unchained comes in at number 9 with $2.2 million. The film is now up to $154 million in domestic grosses.
And finally, the number 10 film this weekend is Bullet to the Head with $1.98 million, which brings its two-week total up to $8 million. There isn't much to say about Sylvester Stallone's new film besides: "Ouch."
[NOTE: These are only Weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released Monday, February 11th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo