LOS ANGELES — “Identity Thief” has turned out to be the real thing at the box office.

The comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy debuted at No. 1 with a $ 36.6 million opening weekend.

“Identity Thief” opened solidly despite the winter storm that buried much of the Northeast. Distributor Universal Pictures estimates the storm might have choked off as much as 10 percent of the movie’s business.

According to studio estimates… Continue reading Weekend Box Office: 'Identity Thief' Swipes No. 1 Spot With $36.6M