‘Identity Thief’ swipes No. 1 spot with $36.6M
“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.
The previous weekend’s top movie, the zombie romance “Warm Bodies,” fell to No. 2 with $11.5 million. That raises its domestic total to $36.7 million.
The weekend’s other new wide release, Steven Soderbergh’s thriller “Side Effects,” had a modest opening of $10 million, coming in at No. 3.
Rounding out the top five were “Silver Linings Playbook” with $6.9 million, fourth; and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” with $5.8 million, fifth.
‘Argo’ named best film at Britain’s Oscars
Iran-hostage drama “Argo” continued its journey from awards-season outsider to favorite Sunday, winning three prizes, including best- picture, at the British Academy Film Awards.
Ben Affleck was named best director for the based-on-reality story of a longshot plan to rescue a group of American diplomats from Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and the film also took the editing trophy.
Daniel Day-Lewis won his universally expected best-actor trophy for “Lincoln” and EmmanuelleSFlbRiva, the 85-year-old French film legend, was named best actress for Michael Haneke’s poignant old-age portrait “Amour.”
Made-in-Britain French revolutionary musical “Les Miserables” won four prizes, including best supporting actress for Anne Hathaway. James Bond adventure “Skyfall” spied some elusive awards recognition, winning trophies for music and best British film.
Model-actress Ross is ‘following her heart’
Liberty Ross says she’s still lying low after her very public split from her husband, director Rupert Sanders.
Sitting front row Saturday at Alexander Wang’s New York Fashion Week show, the model-actress said the key to moving forward is “keeping her head down” and “listening to her heart.”
Ross filed for divorce in January five months after news broke that Sanders had an affair with Kristen Stewart.
Sanders directed both Stewart and Ross in “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
Ross, who walked in Wang’s last runway show in September, said her top priority remains her children.
Brown crashes while evading paparazzi
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.
Police in Beverly Hills say Chris Brown escaped injury after crashing his Porsche into a wall while being chased by paparazzi.
Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said the collision occurred around noon Saturday. Brown told police that he lost control of his black Porsche during the chase.
Hoshino said police will investigate the incident. He said he didn’t know whether the paparazzi in the pursuing vehicles have been identified.
A call to Brown’s lawyer was not immediately returned.
The crash came a day before the Grammy Awards, where Brown was up for best urban contemporary album.