Credit: Barry Wetcher

Identity Thief persevered in spite of winter storm Nemo, with an $11.2 million Friday opening. The R-rated Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy vehicle from director Seth Gordon opened wide in 3,141 theaters, and may be on track for a $35 million weekend. Bateman and Gordon scored big with Horrible Bosses, which had a $9.9 million Friday opening in July and went on to gross $117.5 million domestically. This is McCarthy’s first starring role, and could bode well for The Heat, which was pushed back to a June release. McCarthy also recently started a production company with her husband Ben Falcone and already has three projects in the works.

Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects fared less well, opening Friday in 2,605 theaters at $2.8 million–almost exactly on track with Soderbergh’s Haywire, which opened in late January 2012 with a $2.9 million Friday and a $8.4 million weekend. Channing Tatum’s last three movies, 21 Jump Street (March), The Vow (February), and Magic Mike (June), all had Friday grosses exceeding $10 million. Rooney Mara’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opened decently the weekend before Christmas in 2011, but fizzled after that.

The area affected by Nemo represents about 12% of the country’s box office. AMC alone closed 43 theaters in the northeast corridor including in Boston, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. New York theaters will attempt to open Saturday night, but Boston theaters are planning to remain closed through Sunday.

As far as Friday’s top five are concerned, in week two, Warm Bodies experienced a 59.5% drop off from its opening day, Silver Linings Playbook brought in $1.6 million bringing its domestic total to $84.7 million, and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters made $1.4 million for a domestic total of $39.5 million on a production budget of $50 million.

1. Identity Thief – $11.2 million

2. Warm Bodies – $3.3 million

3. Side Effects – $2.8 million

4. Silver Linings Playbook – $1.6 million

5. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters – $1.4 million

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