‘Identity Thief’ scores biggest opening of 2013

By Lena Finkel,

New York Observer critic Rex Reed’s insults couldn’t bring down actress Melissa McCarthy, as her new film Identify Thief saw big money and big audiences in its opening weekend.

The film, which also stars Jason Bateman, opened this weekend with $36.6 million, giving it the highest grossing opening weekend of 2013, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Identity Thief’s numbers also landed it among the top five openings for R-rated movies of all time.

The film centers on Jason Bateman’s character, whose identity McCarthy steals. Also appearing in the film are Amanda Peet, John Cho and Jon Favreau.

Despite predictions that Identity Thief would suffer due to blizzard Nemo, the film made $10 million more than originally projected, according to The L.A Times.

USA Today claims that the films success is all due to McCarthy, whose previous hit Bridesmaids made $169 million.

Although audiences braved the storm to see Identity Thief, fans weren’t so willing when it came to the only other film opening that weekend, thriller Side Effects. The film, which stars Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Rooney Mara and Catherine Zeta-Jones only took in $10 million, leaving it in third place behind Warm Bodies.



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