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"Silver" Pure Gold at Box Office

"Silver Linings Playbook" Loses Oscar Race, Continues to Win Big at Box Office.

"Silver" Pure Gold at Box Office

"Argo" and "Life of Pi" had better nights at the Oscars, but "Silver Linings Playbook" is the hands-down winner right now among movie-goers.

The movie continued its unbelievable box office run this past weekend, posting another $6 million gain. The movie lost 170 theaters yet actually INCREASED its take (versus last week) by 3 percent. This is really unheard for a movie in its 16th week of release. Yes, "Pi" and "Argo" saw small post-Oscar bumps, but "SLP" is making this move irrespective of Academy Award momentum. It just keeps attracting viewers on historically good word-of-mouth. "SLP" has now grossed "$115 million, and will soon devour "Pi" ($116 million). It may eventually out-gross "Argo," at $132 million.

By the way,  the weekly B.O. numbers show that Melissa McCarthy is a certified star. Remember, the definition of "star" is a performer who can bring an audience to a mediocre movie. "Identity Thief" made another $9 million to move past the $100 million mark. Take that, Rex Reed.

Gary Thompson Daily News Film Critic
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Gary Thompson is the Daily News film critic. Reach Gary at thompsg@phillynews.com.

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