Identity Thief unavoidably laughs with a $11.2 million (Video)

Identity Thief unavoidably laughs with a $11.2 million Friday opening (Video)

Identity Thief with a $11.2 million Friday opening.

Identity Thief earned an estimated $11.2 million from 3,141 locations. Even with a massive winter storm on the Northeast. Melissa McCarthy-Jason Bateman comedy Identity Thief is outpacing expectations. However, studios are unsure how the blizzard will affect the rest of the weekend, as many theaters in New England are closed. In second place, holdover “Warm Bodies” scared up another $3.3 million.

Identity Thief surpasses the recent $28.8 million opening of fellow Universal pic Mama, it will score the top debut of 2013.
Directed by Seth Gordon, the Universal comedy marks McCarthy’s first starring role since the breakout comedy hit Bridesmaids (likewise a Universal title), which opened to roughly $26 million in 2011.

Identity Thief stars Bateman as a guy whose identity is stolen by a woman (McCarthy). Bateman originally pitched producer ScottStuber on the idea of the two leading characters being men, but after seeing McCarthy in Bridesmaids, they adapted the role for her.

The R-rated movie Identity Thief stars Bateman as a guy whose identity is stolen by a woman (McCarthy). Bateman originally pitched producer ScottStuber on the idea of the two leading characters being men, but after seeing McCarthy in Bridesmaids, they adapted the role for her. The comedy’s supporting cast includes Amanda Peet, Jon Favreau and Tip “T.I.” Harris.

The premise is one with which anyone can sympathize, of being the victim of scam artists who, with little difficulty, get a hold of your credit card numbers and vital data and go on a massive buying spree before you can stop it. The poor schnook here is, ironically enough, a Denver-based mid-level financial services guy, Sandy Bigelow Patterson (Jason Bateman), who, after having been insultingly ordered by his boss (Jon Favreau) to send huge bonus checks to top company executives, agrees to join other mutinying workers in starting a new company. But the gig is imperiled when he’s arrested for running up huge tabs in Winter Park, Florida, being behind on credit card payments and in all ways having become a no-account.

Melissa McCarthy(no relation!) playing a one-woman demolition team who, for 95 percent of the running time, is a genuine affront to nature, there are unavoidably laughs here, although the gifted comic actor got more of them in less screen time in her previous films than she does in this starring role. Her following is so deservedly loyal that Universal should expect a robust opening weekend, but the gas tank will likely run dry fairly soon.

In second place, Warm Bodies plummeted 60 percent to an estimated $3.3 million. Through eight days, the zombie romance has grossed a decent $28.4 million.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters rounded out the Top Five with an estimated $1.4 million, which is off 52 percent from last Friday. To date, the fantasy adventure has grossed $39.5 million.

At 300 locations, Top Gun 3D cracked the Top 10 with an estimated $533,000 yesterday. That’s more thanRaiders of the Lost Ark made at 267 locations last September ($440,136), which suggests Top Gun could wind up with just under $2 million for the weekend.

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