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'Snitch' Edges Out 'Identity Thief' for Friday in Another Down Weekend

Photo of Tom Brueggemann By Tom Brueggemann | Thompson on Hollywood February 23, 2013 at 1:45PM

Oscar Weekend is often not prime time for new openings. But this year looks weak even by that standard. Continuing a pattern that hasn't varied now for several weeks, grosses for the day were down again, this Friday about 25% from last year (also right before the awards).
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Oscar Weekend is often not prime time for new openings. But this year looks weak even by that standard. Continuing a pattern that hasn't varied now for several weeks, grosses for the day were down again, this Friday about 25% from last year (also right before the awards).

Lionsgate's Dwayne Johnson-starrer "Snitch" barely edged out Melissa McCarthy's smash hit comedy "Identity Thief," but the latter stands a good chance of rebounding to #1 in its third weekend. It fell about 40%, far less than the drops for last week's big openings. Fox's "A Good Day to Die Hard" fell hard to fifth at under $3 million, while Relativity's "Safe Haven" held on the third place despite falling by about half.

Weinstein's action/genre division Dimension has been quiet recently, a situation not changed with the weak opening of "Dark Skies," an acquisition for which they are paying for marketing, per reports. They do have volume at the moment with three of the top seven, with "Escape from Planet Earth" and the sole Oscar contender still in the top ten, "Silver Linings Playbook." Overall, only three of the top ten films come from the traditional studios, which in an inverse of normal trends, will dominate more at the Oscars this year than at the box office.

Top 10 (in millions + totals)

1. Snitch (Lionsgate) - $4.1/4.1

2. Identity Thief (Universal) - $4.1/83.7

3. Safe Haven (Relativity) - $3.5/41.0

4. Dark Skies (Weinstein) - $3.1/3.1

5. A Good Die to Die Hard (20th Century-Fox) - $2.8/44.6

6. Escape to Planet Earth (Weinstein) - $2.4/26.5

7. Silver Linings Playbook (Weinstein) - $1.5/103.0

8. Warm Bodies (Lionsgate) - $1.5/54.9

9. Beautiful Creatures (Warner Bros.) - $1.0/14.0

10. Side Effects (Open Road) - $1.0/22.7

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.