Sideshow: Stealing off with moviegoers' millions

Posted: February 12, 2013

There was thievery this weekend at the box office, with Identity Thief stealing the No. 1 spot. Starring Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau, and Melissa McCarthy, director Seth Gordon's R-rated road comedy was eviscerated by critics, but it raked in $36.6 mil in its opening weekend, according to studio estimates.

The Wackness helmer Jonathan Levine's Warm Bodies, described as a "paranormal romantic zombie comedy," took No. 2 with $11.5 mil.

Steven Soderbergh's star-studded Side Effects (it stars Jude Law, Ronney Mara, and Catherine Zeta-Jones), a topical yarn about big pharma, antidepressants, and murder made $10 mil in its opening weekend to take third place.

Chris' pre-Grammy fun

Chris Brown, who was expected to escort Rihanna to Sunday's Grammys, crashed his Porsche on Saturday in Beverly Hills. Brown, who was unhurt, claims he was cut off by rabid paparazzi from photo agency INF. A company rep tells TMZ the photogs showed up after the crash.

Brown met up with R after the crash, the two "embracing in a passionate hug," says Hollyscoop.

Tidbits 'n' pieces

Toni "Breathe Again" Braxton, 45, tells NBC News blog theGrio, she's retiring from music. "For what I do, I have to love it," she says. "I have to feel that excitement, and it's gone." Toni wants to be a movie star next. . . . Lindsay Lohan's mom, Dina, isn't the only Lohan writing a memoir. Da Michael says he's penning his own, tentatively called I Am Not Daddy Dearest . . . If I Can Turn It All Around, You Can Too, says TMZ. . . . Leonardo DiCaprio is sleeping with "multiple women," a New York Daily News spy heard Leo tell his pal Enourage star Kevin Connolly Thursday at the Trump SoHo. The duo brought 12 women on the dinner date.


This article includes information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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