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Identity Thief tops North American box office despite bad reviews

Published on Feb 11, 2013 6:01 AM
This undated publicity image released by Universal Pictures shows T.I., left, and Genesis Rodriguez in a scene from Identity Thief. -- PHOTO: UNIVERSAL PICTURES

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The comedy Identity Thief defied mediocre reviews by critics and topped the box office in the United States and Canada in its opening weekend, industry figures showed on Sunday.

The comedy, starring Jason Bateman from the TV series Arrested Development and Bridesmaids breakaway star Melissa McCarthy, pulled in US$36.6 million (S$45.3 million) on Friday to Sunday, according to preliminary figures released by tracking firm Exhibitor Relations. said that the movie "reaches impressive heights of laziness and idiocy;" the Toronto Star slammed it as a "sloppily made exercise of rip-offs and redemption;" and National Public Radio dismissed it as an "uninspired trudge of a road movie."

It was followed by the romantic zombie comedy Warm Bodies, based on Isaac Marion's book of the same name and inspired by Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, which took US$11.5 million in sales.

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