Weekend Box Office

Weekend Box-Office: 'Identity Thief' Tops and 'Die Hard' Drops on Oscar Weekend

It's the Oscar pics getting all the attention

Identity Thief posterThis is hardly a weekend worth celebrating the box-office results, at least if you're looking for the new releases for excitement. Dwayne Johnson's Snitch performed modestly, bringing in $13 million and Dark Skies fell short of flopping, managing to bring in $8.8 million. At the top of the box-office was the three-week-old Identity Thief with $14.1 million and last weekend's #1, A Good Day to Die Hard, sunk like a stone, dropping 59.7%, bringing in only $10 million.

The big stories, as it turns out, are the Oscar contenders. Silver Linings Playbook brought in an additional $6 million as it continues to drop only small amounts one weekend to the next, this weekend only dropping 3.1% as it is now over $107 million domestically.

Zero Dark Thirty added $2.2 million to its total as it's nearing $100 million, sitting short at $91.5m currently. Best Picture front-runner, Argo, pulled in another $1.9 million ($129.7m cume), Life of Pi brought in $1.5m ($113.4m cume), Lincoln added $1.4m ($178.6m cume), Django Unchained $1m ($158.8m), Amour $816,000 from 328 theaters and Les Misérables $657,000 from 462 theaters.

Looking over Laremy's and the readers' predictions from Thursday, Laremy was spot on with the Identity Thief call at #1 and just $100,000 over on the prediction and Will-E's $13.75m prediction wasn't too far off either.

As for the newcomers, Laremy was only $500,000 over on his Snitch call and a shade under on Dark Skies. Andrew13 was right there with Laremy and the best Snitch prediction at $10.5m and it was Mykael with the best Dark Skies prediction at $8.6 million.

Next weekend's new releases are 21 and Over, Jack the Giant Slayer, Stoker and The Last Exorcism Part II and based on sheer size I expect Jack the Giant Slayer to win, but will any of you give 21 and Over a chance?

SIDE NOTE: We will be starting our Oscar live blog this afternoon at around 3:30 PM PST. If you haven't yet checked out my predictions or voted in our polls, click here and get in on the discussion.

Weekend Box-Office Top Ten for February 22 - February 24, 2013

  1. Identity Thief was #1 at the box-office
  2. Snitch () - $13.1 million
    From 2,511 theaters ($5,217 avg.) / $35 million budget / 57%
  3. Escape from Planet Earth () - $10.6 million ($34.8m cume)
    From 3,353 theaters ($3,161 avg.) / $40 million budget
  4. Safe Haven () - $10.4 million ($47.9m cume)
    From 3,223 theaters ($3,227 avg.) / $28 million budget / 13%
  5. A Good Day To Die Hard () - $10.1 million ($51.9m cume)
    From 3,555 theaters ($2,841 avg.) / $92 million budget / 15%
  6. Dark Skies () - $8.1 million
    From 2,313 theaters ($3,502 avg.) / $3.5 million budget / 30%
  7. Silver Linings Playbook () - $5.7 million ($107.1m cume)
    From 2,012 theaters ($2,833 avg.) / $21 million budget / 92%
  8. Warm Bodies () - $4.8 million ($58.2m cume)
    From 2,644 theaters ($1,815 avg.) / $30 million budget / 80%
  9. Beautiful Creatures () - $3.6 million ($16.5m cume)
    From 2,950 theaters ($1,220 avg.) / $60 million budget / 45%
  10. Side Effects () - $3.3 million ($25.0m cume)
    From 2,070 theaters ($1,594 avg.) / $30 million budget / 85%
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  • m1

    I predict 21 and Over will end up like Project X.

  • Winchester

    Nah, the only film opening next week I would be interested in would be 'Stoker'. And it's not out here until the 15th March.

    That's just embarrasing for Die Hard. It looks like it won't even make what the first one made 25 years ago. If Fox and Willis want a sixth they better hope that the international rescues them.

    • Josh Z

      From what I just read on Boxofficemojo die hard is actually not doing that bad overall considering its awful reviews. It's at 131 mil worldwide. Wont be a hit at all but Fox will make its money back. Maybe they can bring back McTiernan for the final one to wrap everything up.......once he's out of jail of course.

  • Casper12

    Jack The Giant Slayer tops next weekend

  • Dale

    It's encouraging to see so many of the year-end Oscar-bait movies passing the 100 million dollar mark.