Comedy Identity Thief back on top of North American box office
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Comedy Identity Thief snatched the weekend box office title in the United States and Canada during its third weekend in theatres, narrowly beating new action movie Snitch as Hollywood focused on Sunday evening's Academy Awards ceremony.
Identity Thief, starring Melissa McCarthy, grabbed US$14 million (S$17 million) in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters.
Snitch featuring Dwayne Johnson finished close behind with US$13 million. The animated offering Escape From Planet Earth took in US$11 million to finish third in its second week in theatres.
The win was the second for Identity Thief, which led the charts when it debuted Feb 8 and finished in second place a week ago. The adult comedy features McCarthy as a woman who steals the identity of a hapless man played by Jason Bateman.