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'Identity Thief' steals the show with $36M weekend

T.I., left, and Genesis Rodriguez star in a scene from "Identity Thief," which was the most popular film of the weekend.
T.I., left, and Genesis Rodriguez star in a scene from "Identity Thief," which was the most popular film of the weekend.
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“Identity Thief” has turned out to be the real thing at the North American box office. The comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy debuted at No. 1 with a $36.6 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Identity Thief” opened solidly despite the winter storm that buried much of the U.S. Northeast. Distributor Universal Pictures estimates the storm might have choked off as much as 10 percent of the movie’s business. “It took ...


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