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Comedy "Identity Thief" back on top of North American box office

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Melissa McCarthy, best supporting actress nominee for her role in "Bridesmaids", arrives at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California
Melissa McCarthy, best supporting actress nominee for her role in "Bridesmaids", arrives at the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The comedy "Identity Thief" snatched back the weekend box office title in the United States and Canada, narrowly beating the new action movie "Snitch."

"Identity Thief," which stars Melissa McCarthy, grabbed $14 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters.

"Snitch," which features Dwayne Johnson as a father trying to clear his wrongly accused son, finished close behind with $13 million. The animated offering, "Escape From Planet Earth," took in $11 million to finish third in its second week in theaters.

The win was the second for "Identity Thief," which led the charts when it debuted on February 8 and finished in second place a week ago.

"Identity Thief" was released by Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp. "Snitch" was distributed by Summit Entertainment, a unit of Lions Gate Entertainment. The Weinstein Company distributed "Escape From Planet Earth."

(Reporting By Lisa Richwine and Andrea Burzynski; Editing by David Brunnstrom)

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