‘Side Effects’ vs. ‘Identity Thief’: Box Office Battle (POLL)

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This weekend at the movies, Magic Mike himself challenges one of the stars of Bridesmaids to Box Office Thunderdome.

Channing Tatum and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara headline Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller, Side Effects, while Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman play it for laughs in Identity Thief.

Two movies enter, but only one movie leaves. Which new release will win No. 1 bragging rights?

Following his crazy successful 2012 at the box office, Tatum reunites with his Magic Mike director for Side Effects, a complicated thriller about murder, paranoia and prescription drugs.

Because Effects is director Soderbergh’s supposed last theatrical feature film before retiring, anticipation is higher-than-normal for a February release, despite the film’s mixed reviews.

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Anticipation is also high for the high-concept comedy Identity Thief, starring McCarthy as the titular cyber criminal responsible for making life a very fresh hell for Bateman’s character.

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Comedy tends to draw in some serous crowds at the box office, but so does C-Tates. And with last week’s champ, the zombie rom-com Warm Bodies, garnering very good word-of-mouth, this Box Office Battle is too close to call.

Which movie will you see this weekend? Watch the trailers for both above and then drop your predictions for box office champ in the comments section!