"Identity Thief" Beats Out "Snitch" to Top Weekend Box Office

Universal's film holds off Lionsgate's by $1 million for the weekend's top spot

Dan Carroll
Dan Carroll
Feb 25, 2013 at 11:11AM
Consumer Goods

Identity Thief, a comedy film from Universal Pictures -- a division of Comcast's (NASDAQ:CMCSA) NBC Universal -- held off the box office opening of Lionsgate's (NYSE:LGF-A) crime drama Snitch to take the top spot at the domestic box office this past weekend, according to data from Rentrak.

Identity Thief pulled in just over $14 million in domestic sales this past weekend, bringing its cumulative box office run to more than $93 million. The film also pulled out a third-place finish in international sales. Lionsgate's Snitch, by comparison, pulled in $13 million in its opening weekend.

Action thriller A Good Day to Die Hard, distributed by News Corp. (NASDAQ:FOX) subsidiary 20th Century Fox, took the top spot internationally for the second weekend in a row with sales of more than $45 million, bringing its cumulative total to more than $184 million. The Hobbit, a Warner Brothers' film that has raked in almost $1 billion at the box office since its release to reportedly become  the 15th highest-grossing film of all time, ranked second at the international box office.

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