Jason Bateman - Identity Thief Steals U.s. Box Office Number One
The movie grossed $36.6 million (£22.88 million) to make it the biggest opening of the year (13) so far, despite taking a slight hit due to the blizzards which swept across America's north-east coast over the weekend (08-10Feb13).
Identity Thief was also named among the top five debuts of all time for an original R-rated comedy.
Last week's (03Feb13) number one, zombie romance Warm Bodies, took second place with $11.5 million (£7.19 million), while Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller Side Effects was another new entry at three with $9.4 million (£5.88 million).
Oscars favourite Silver Linings Playbook and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters round out the top five at four and five, respectively.