Snitch Dwayne Johnson
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s latest action thriller Snitch topped the box office on Friday, but its lead certainly isn’t as solid as a rock.

Snitch scored $4.1 million on opening day, which may lead to a relatively decent $11.5 million frame — though, one that continues the trend of underwhelming returns for male-driven action films in 2013. While Snitch‘s debut will pale in comparison to the successful openings of Johnson’s recent ensemble films Fast Five ($86.2 million) and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ($27.3 million), it will be better than his last effort as a leading action star, Faster, which opened with $8.5 million in 2010.

Trailing Snitch by about $40,000 on Friday was Universal’s hit comedy Identity Thief, which took in another $4.1 million on Friday and will climb to No. 1 by Sunday. The $35 million film, now in its third weekend, should take in about $14 million thanks to strong Saturday and Sunday performances, bringing its total to $94 million.

The Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven wound up in third place with a solid $3.5 million on Friday. Relativity’s $28 million romance should fall by just under 50 percent (not bad considering last weekend was an inflated holiday frame) to $11.5 million, which would push Safe Haven‘s total to about $49 million after 11 days.

The Weinstein Co.’s extraterrestrial horror film Dark Skies got off to a mediocre start with $3.1 million yesterday. The Keri Russell thriller may debut to about $8 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period. It cost just $3.5 million to produce.

Rounding out the Top 5 was Fox’s A Good Day to Die Hard, which fell 62 percent from last Friday down to $2.8 million. Due to weak word-of-mouth and standard sequel frontloadedness, the $92 million film is looking at a harsh 60 percent drop to $10 million, enough for a $51.8 million total.

Check back tomorrow for the full box office report!

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Identity Thief

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