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Sorry Rex Reed, Melissa McCarthy Is Laughing From the Box Office All the Way to the Bank

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Say what you want about the cinematic quality of ‘Identity Thief,’ but you can’t deny Melissa McCarthy‘s box office power.

Despite — or perhaps because of — idiotic, sexist and ignorant reviewer Rex Reed’s comments about McCarthy’s size in his scathing review of the film, it was a box office heavyweight, debuting at No. 1.

If you recall, Reed, without context to the character McCarthy portrayed, called her “tractor-sized,” “obnoxious,” “humongous” and a “female hippo.” Classy!

The flick not only opened at the top spot, but it also was the fifth highest grossing debut for an R-rated non-sequel comedy. (Okay, so they were reaching for the recordbreakers, but still.)

The movie earned $36.6 million and likely could have topped the $40 million mark if it weren’t for the blizzard that battered the northeast.

What’s more, we weren’t the only people to come out in McCarthy’s defense.

Richard Roeper told Us Weekly, “It’s fair to comment on any actor’s appearance if it’s relevant to the character the actor is playing, the performance, and how that actor’s physical traits add to or detract from the performance. But this just smacks of mean-spirited name-calling in lieu of genuine criticism.”

Us Weekly also reports that Paul Feig, who directed McCarthy in ‘Bridesmaids,’ tweeted, “For his catty and school bully name-calling of the supremely talented Melissa McCarthy, I cordially invite Mr. Rex Reed to go f— himself.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Rex Reed may have acted like a bitch, but karma is a bigger one. Almost as big as McCarthy’s paycheck will be.

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