Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Snitch’ and ‘Dark Skies’ open on Oscar weekend, but ‘Identity Thief’ could win box office

By Daniel S Levine,

With the Oscars this weekend, Hollywood is more interested in looking at the best of 2012 than the poor early box office results of 2013. Yet another veteran action star has a movie opening this weekend and, just like the others, it’s not expected to be a huge hit. The only other new wide release this weekend is the horror film Dark Skies.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson returns to the big screen with Snitch. Box Office Mojo notes that the film will be seen at 2,511 locations and is targeted at an audience Johnson surprisingly hasn’t done well with: adult males. Johnson’s big box office successes have been with family films like Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, which made over $100 million last year. However, his strictly adult male-targeted films like Faster or Doom have flopped.

Snitch also comes out in what has been an incredibly tough year for action stars already. Bullet to the Head with Sylvester Stallone and The Last Stand with Arnold Schwarzenegger both failed to draw crowds. At least Snitch is expected to debut a little better than those films. It is predicted to make $10 million to $12 million.

The Weinstein Company’s Dark Skies hits 2,313 locations. Despite coming from Jason Blum, the same producer who made Paranormal Activity, Entertainment Weekly predicts that it will make just $9 million this weekend.

Holdovers from previous weeks should do pretty well. Identity Thief is on tap to add over $13 million, which should bring it to a $95 million domestic total already.

Bruce Willis’ A Good Day To Die Hard should still be in the mix, grossing $12 million. Safe Heaven and Escape from Planet Earth are expected to round out the Top 5.



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