Holdover ‘Identity Thief’ Steals Anemic Weekend; ‘Snitch’ And ‘Dark Skies’ Weak

By | Sunday February 24, 2013 @ 7:20am PST

SUNDAY AM, 4TH UPDATE: Seriously, why do studios open movies on Oscar weekend? With attention otherwise diverted, it’s hard for me or Hollywood to care about these two newcomers Friday. Audiences didn’t either. That’s why the Melissa McCarthy/Jason Bateman frenemies comedy Identity Thief is #1 in its third weekend after going up +63% from Friday to Saturday for $14M through Sunday.

Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate’s father/son actioner Snitch (2,511 theaters) opened #1 Friday and dropped to #2 Saturday despite bumping +36%. It logged a mediocre $12.8M weekend. That’s a rare failure for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. (No harm, no foul: I hear he really excels in surefire hit Fast & Furious 6.) Audiences gave Snitch a ‘B’  CinemaScore which won’t help or hurt the pic.

Dimension Films/The Weinstein Company’s new extraterrestrial thriller Dark Skies (2,313 theaters) from Paranormal Activity‘s Jason Blum fell out of the Top Five altogether by the end of the weekend. It received only a ‘C+’ CinemaScore from audiences to hurt word of mouth for just an expected $8.4M weekend.

Finally Twentieth Century Fox’s first-place finisher from last weekend, A Good Day To Die Hard, fell apart Friday and struggled through Sunday. Guess those horrible reviews finally caught up with it.

Total moviegoing this weekend looks like $99M, down -26% from last year. Here’s the Top Ten based on weekend estimates:

1. Identity Thief (Universal) Week 3 [Runs 3,222]
Friday $4.0M, Saturday $6.6M, Weekend $14.0M, Cume $93.6M

2. Snitch (Summit/Lionsgate) NEW [Runs 2,511]
Friday $4.1M, Saturday $5.6M, Weekend $12.8M

3. Escape From Planet Earth 3D (Weinstein) Week 2 [Runs 3,353]
Friday $2.3M, Saturday $5.2M, Weekend $11.1M, Cume $35.2M

4. Safe Haven (Relativity) Week 2 [3,223]
Friday $3.5M, Saturday $4.7M, Weekend $10.7M, Cume $48.2M

5. A Good Day To Die Hard (Fox) Week 2 [Runs 3,555]
Friday $2.8M, Saturday $4.7M, Weekend $9.7M, Cume $51.5M

6. Dark Skies (Dimension/Weinstein) NEW [Runs 2,313]
Friday $3.0M, Saturday $3.5M, Weekend $8.4M
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Lionsgate Dates Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Snitch’, Moves ‘I Frankenstein’

By | Tuesday September 18, 2012 @ 11:48am PDT

Lionsgate is pushing back the release of its I, Frankenstein to September 13, 2013. That makes room for Summit‘s Dwayne Johnson-starrer Snitch, which has now been set for Frankenstein‘s original date of February 22, 2013. The Ric … Read More »

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WME Signs ‘Snitch’ Helmer Ric Roman Waugh

By | Monday July 23, 2012 @ 6:48pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: WME has just signed Ric Roman Waugh, the stuntman-turned-director who just wrapped Snitch with Dwayne Johnson. Waugh, a stuntman for two decades before he made his directing debut with Felon, had been a client of ICM … Read More »

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Michael Kenneth Williams In Talks For ‘Django Unchained’ and ‘Snitch’

By | Wednesday November 16, 2011 @ 10:52am PST
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: Insiders on Django Unchained said that the talks with Michael Kenneth Williams just won’t work out because of his schedule on Boardwalk Empire. They are scrapping that role completely.

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Kenneth Williams, best known for his work … Read More »

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‘Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal Joins ‘Snitch’

Mike Fleming

Jon Bernthal, whose Shane character on AMC’s The Walking Dead is on one twisted journey in the show’s second season, will join Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon in Snitch. That’s the Ric Roman Waugh-directed action drama for Summit Entertainment that … Read More »

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CANNES: Summit Grabs Rights To Dwayne Johnson-Starring Thriller ‘Snitch’

By | Monday May 16, 2011 @ 1:15pm PDT

Summit Entertainment has secured U.S. rights to Snitch, a drama based on a true story that stars Dwayne Johnson and is directed by Ric Roman Waugh. The script, by Justin Haythe and Waugh, is inspired by the Frontline documentary Snitch, … Read More »

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Dwayne Johnson Signs On For ‘Snitch’

By | Tuesday March 22, 2011 @ 5:11pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Dwayne Johnson will star in Snitch, an action thriller directed by Ric Roman Waugh for Exclusive Media Group. Script is by Justin Haythe, with a rewrite by the director. Johnson plays a working class guy who risks everything to save … Read More »

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