Melissa McCarthy: Box Office Star

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Welcome to the Box Office Report, where we're always appreciating funny ladies.

1. Identity Thief (Universal): $36.6 million in 3,141 theaters

Kablam. This was unexpected. Or was it? Most Identity Theif reviews focused on the celebration on Melissa McCarthy, movie star, and everything that means for Hollywood and the industry's inherent body image issues. Also, the progression of women in Hollywood views women and how great it is that a larger woman is succeeding in Hollywood despite everything working against her. (At least, the good ones did.) So allow us to let out a HOO-RAY that McCarthy once again is giving a stiff middle finger to the haters and making bank. $36 million in the first week full week of February is nothing to sneeze at. Heck, this did better than Bridesmaids' opening weekend. It's obviously not going to be a runaway smash hit like Bridesmaids was, because it's just not as funny. But that doesn't mean McCarthy doing this kind of business isn't a big fracking deal. If that flick with Sandra Bullock takes off in the same way then McCarthy will be nearly untouchable.

2. Warm Bodies (Summit): $11.5 million in 3,009 theaters [Week 2]

And hey, lookatchu hanging around up at the top of the pile. There's obviously a huge drop from first to second place, but it's still worth noting that Warm Bodies is only down $8 million from last week. That's not too shabby, all things considered. It's usually a sign the movie is getting good word of mouth. (Unfortunately, we're still working on finding someone to go see it with.

3. Side Effects (Open Road): $10 million in 2,605 theaters

Soderbergh is back with Contagion 2: Sexy Contagion, or something. Despite a tell-all style trailer, we're still not really sure what this is about. Something something sex, drugs, big pharma corps, Channing Tatum. Got it? No? Alright. At least (the underrated) Cillian Murphy is getting work outside the Nolan-verse.

4. Silver Linings Playbook (Weinstein Company): $6.9 million in 2,809 theaters [Week 4]

It warms our heart so much that Silver Linings is hanging around and building Oscar buzz. Here's to Jennifer Lawrence "upsetting" the frost queen Jessica Chastain.

5. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Paramount): $5.7 million in 3,285 theaters [Week 3]

Remember that part from Gangster Squad we blabbed about last week? Here it is:

Seriously, best sight gag 2013. Also, yikes. This was in second last week. What a drop.


11. Top Gun 3D (Paramount): $1.9 million in 300 theaters

OH MY GOD I WANT IT. If you're fortunate enough to live in a city with an Imax theater, please go and see this. Do it for The Box Office Report.

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