Box Office: 'Die Hard' Decimates the Competition Over Four-Day Weekend
It was a good weekend for A Good Day to Die Hard, as the fifth installment in the long-running action series grabbed the top slot at the box office, beating a slew of newcomers.
It wasn’t that great a weekend, however, as the sequel’s estimated $33.2M four-day pull puts it behind its immediate predecessor, Live Free or Die Hard, suggesting audience fatigue for the 25-year-old series. Negative reviews didn’t help, as the fifth Die Hard was pummeled by critics. But Bruce Willis’ return to the role of John McClane was interesting enough to win the weekend, and likely has executives at 20th Century Fox contemplating a sixth … which Willis said he’d be interested in.
Valentine’s Day couples seeking date-night movies split their time between last weekend’s leader, Identity Thief, and the new Nicholas Sparks adaptation, Safe Haven. Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman powered their road-trip comedy to a strong $23.4M three-day opening, pushing the cume on the high-powered film past the $70M mark.
Meanwhile, Sparks fans notched an estimated $21.4M in ticket sales for Haven, which benefitted from curious word-of-mouth surrounding the movie’s ending. (And no, we won’t spoil it for you here.) This opening is in line with the rest of Sparks’ films, from The Lucky One (a $22.5M opening) to Dear John (a robust $30M opening).
With virtually no promotional assistance at all, the animated Escape from Planet Earth landed at No. 4 this weekend with $16M in tickets sold. And Warner’s adaptation of Beautiful Creatures failed to lure the Twilight or Hunger Games crowds, earning only an estimated $7.4M – putting the future of the literary franchise in doubt.
Here’s the full Top 10 list for the weekend:
MOVIE / WEEKEND / TOTAL
1. A Good Day to Die Hard, $25M, $33.2M
2. Identity Thief, $23.4M, $70.7M
3. Safe Haven, $21.4M, $30.2M
4. Escape from Planet Earth, $16M
5. Warm Bodies, $9M, $50.2M
6. Beautiful Creatures, $7.4M, $10M
7. Side Effects, $6.3M, $19.1M
8. Silver Linings Playbook, $6M, $98.4M
9. Hansel and Gretel, $3.4M, $49.6M
10. Zero Dark Thirty, $3.1M, $88M
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.
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