Weekend Box-Office: ‘Identity Thief’ Tops and ‘Die Hard’ Drops on Oscar Weekend

Identity Thief posterThis is hardly a weekend worth celebrating the box-office results, at least if you’re looking for the new releases for excitement. Dwayne Johnson‘s Snitch performed modestly, bringing in $13 million and Dark Skies fell short of flopping, managing to bring in $8.8 million. At the top of the box-office was the three-week-old Identity Thief with $14.1 million and last weekend’s #1, A Good Day to Die Hard, sunk like a stone, dropping 59.7%, bringing in only $10 million.

The big stories, as it turns out, are the Oscar contenders. Silver Linings Playbook brought in an additional $6 million as it continues to drop only small amounts one weekend to the next, this weekend only dropping 3.1% as it is now over $107 million domestically.

Zero Dark Thirty added $2.2 million to its total as it’s nearing $100 million, sitting short at $91.5m currently. Best Picture front-runner, Argo, pulled in another $1.9 million ($129.7m cume), Life of Pi brought in $1.5m ($113.4m cume), Lincoln added $1.4m ($178.6m cume), Django Unchained $1m ($158.8m), Amour $816,000 from 328 theaters and Les Misérables $657,000 from 462 theaters.

Looking over Laremy’s and the readers’ predictions from Thursday, Laremy was spot on with the Identity Thief call at #1 and just $100,000 over on the prediction and Will-E‘s $13.75m prediction wasn’t too far off either.

As for the newcomers, Laremy was only $500,000 over on his Snitch call and a shade under on Dark Skies. Andrew13 was right there with Laremy and the best Snitch prediction at $10.5m and it was Mykael with the best Dark Skies prediction at $8.6 million.

Next weekend’s new releases are 21 and Over, Jack the Giant Slayer, Stoker and The Last Exorcism Part II and based on sheer size I expect Jack the Giant Slayer to win, but will any of you give 21 and Over a chance?

SIDE NOTE: We will be starting our Oscar live blog this afternoon at around 3:30 PM PST. If you haven’t yet checked out my predictions or voted in our polls, click here and get in on the discussion.

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