Universal's Identity Thief took in $2.497 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for a fourth consecutive day. The modestly budgeted comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy was down 71 percent from Sunday. Identity Thief continues to outpace pre-release expectations with a strong four-day start of $37.05 million. Compared to previous comedies that opened the frame before Presidents Day weekend, Identity Thief is running 3 percent stronger than the $36.09 million four-day start of 2007's Norbit and 1 percent stronger than the $36.55 million four-day take of 2011's Just Go with It (which had the added advantage of its first Monday falling on Valentine's Day).
Warm Bodies placed in second with $0.777 million. Lionsgate's PG-13 zombie comedy fell 72 percent from Sunday and 38 percent from last Monday. Warm Bodies continues to hold up relatively well for a horror themed film aimed at teens and young adults. The film has grossed $37.26 million in eleven days, placing it 4 percent ahead of the $35.82 million eleven-day take of last year's The Woman in Black.
Open Road's Side Effects claimed third with $0.737 million. The Steven Soderbergh directed thriller trailed Warm Bodies by a slim $40,369 for the day. Side Effects was down 69 percent from Sunday and in the process topped the $10 million mark. The film has grossed a softer than expected $10.04 million in four days, placing it 10 percent ahead of the $9.15 million four-day start of last year's Haywire.
Silver Linings Playbook finished in fourth with $0.507 million and in the process surpassed the $90 million mark. The break-out Best Picture nominee from The Weinstein Company has grossed $90.03 million to date, leaving it just $9.97 million away from reaching the $100 million domestic milestone.
Paramount's Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters rounded out the day's top five with $0.504 million. The 3D action horror film trailed Silver Linings Playbook by just $2,687 on Monday. Hansel and Gretel was down 71 percent from Sunday and down 42 percent from last Monday. The 18-day total for the film stands at $44.34 million.
Fellow Paramount release Top Gun 3D placed in eighth with $255,058. The IMAX re-issue of the 1986 blockbuster was down 61 percent from Sunday. Top Gun 3D has grossed $2.22 million in four days from 300 locations. The lifetime unadjusted domestic gross for Top Gun currently stands at $179.00 million.