Melissa McCarthy is a bonafide star. After her role in Bridesmaids (and subsequently her hit show Mike & Molly on CBS), her Oscar nomination for role in Bridesmaids McCarthy has riden the wave of success to the top. She’s an unlikely star, mainly because she’s a bigger lady and she seemingly came out of nowhere, but she’s funny as hell and is very likeable to boot. Her comedy this weekend, Identity Thief, with Jason Bateman (underrated like nobody’s business) made it big to the tune of $34.5M. It’s excessively large for a movie starring two semi-A list actors.
Either way, it’s good to know that McCarthy’s “lightning in a bottle” act in Bridesmaids next to Kristen Wiig wasn’t just a one time thing.
Second at the box office this weekend was the zombie rom-com Warm Bodies, starring Nicolas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, bringing in nearly $11.5M. The film’s opening weekend was decent but it’s struggling to make it in its second week, which is pretty normal for this time of year at the cineplex.
Third this weekend was the weekend’s other new release film Side Effects. It’s Steven Soderbergh’s last film before he retires from movies and it stars Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, and Jude Law. The movie brought in almost $10M, which is solid but nothing spectacular.
Rounding out the top five at the weekend box office was the Oscar nominated hit Silver Linings Playbook and the supernatural action-flick Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. The film’s brought in $6.5M and $5.7M respectively.
Here’s the full top 10 list:
*Numbers in millions* (TOTAL)
1) Identity Thief – $34.5 (NEW)
2) Warm Bodies – $11.5 ($36.4)
3) Side Effects – $9.3 (NEW)
4) Silver Linings Playbook – $6.4 ($89.5)
5) Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – $5.7 ($43.8)
6) Mama – $4.2 ($63.9)
7) Zero Dark Thirty – $4 ($83.5)
8) Argo – $2.3 ($123.6)
9) Django Unchained – $2.3 ($154.5)
10) Bullet to the Head – $2 ($8.2)
Via Box Office Mojo