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Melissa McCarthy Shows Box Office Muscle

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The road comedy about credit card fraud, “Identity Thief,” jumped to the top of the movie box office on Oscar weekend with a total take of $14.1 million, giving it a grand total of $93.7 million after three weeks in release. Headliner Melissa McCarthy, who was a presenter on the Oscar telecast, is proving to be a bankable commodity at the movies after her remarkable success in the smash ensemble comedy, “Bridesmaids.”

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Dwayne Johnson, aka “The Rock,” did well in a film showcasing his ability as an actor more than a stuntman. “Snitch” finished a close second at the box office it’s opening weekend with $13 million. “Escape From Planet Earth” came in third place scoring a nice total of $11 million.

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The romance film based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, Safe Haven,” came in fourth place taking in $10.6 million, down 50% over its opening weekend total, which does not bode well for the film’s financial future in first-run release.

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Bruce Willis in the poorly received and reviewed “A Good Day To Die Hard” came in fifth place in only its second week in release at $10 million. For the balance of the weekend box office numbers, click on the link below.

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“Jack the Giant Slayer” is slated to be the big box office film opening this coming weekend. It stars Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor.

http://www.boxoffice.com/statistics/bo_numbers/studio_estimate/2013-02-24

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