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Identity Thief steals top spot at US box office

Identity Thief

Story by Jack Foley

IDENTITY Thief, the new comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, has shot to the top of the US box office with a better than expected $36.6 million.

The figure represents one of the top five openings of all time for an original R-rated comedy and is also the top opening so far of 2013, beating the $28 million scored four weeks ago by horror flick Mama.

The film marks McCarthy’s first starring role since Bridesmaids and finds Bateman playing a regular guy whose identity is stolen by a woman (McCarthy).

Last week’s winner Warm Bodies slipped to second spot with $11.5 million, while another new entry, the Rooney Mara-Channing Tatum starrer Side Effects came third with $10 million, which was in line with expectations.

The psychological thriller is directed by Steven Soderbergh and is, according to the director, his last film.

Silver Linings Playbook continued to rake in viewers with a further $6.9 million for fourth spot and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters rounded out the top five with $5.6 million.

And there was further success for Ben Affleck’s Oscar favourite Argo, which re-entered the US top 10 at number eight in its 13th week of release with $2.5 million. Its US total now stands at an impressive $123.7 million.

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