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Box Office: Bruce Willis' A Good Day to Die Hard Powers Way to No. 1

Posted by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 8:41 PM
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Box Office: Bruce Willis' A Good Day to Die Hard Powers Way to No. 1

A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARDFrank Masi/Twentieth Century Fox

Die hard, indeed.

Bruce Willis' A Good Day to Die Hard battled to a win atop the Presidents' Day weekend box office, grossing an estimated $25 million from Friday to Sunday.

Among other new releases, Safe Haven came up bigger than most of its Nicholas Sparks-spawned predecessors, while Beautiful Creatures was no Warm Bodies, much less Twilight.

A Good Day to Die Hard is the third movie in the nearly 25-year-old franchise to debut at No. 1.

Since opening Thursday, the film, the fifth installment in the action series, has grossed $33.2 million.

The debut is on the smaller side for a Die Hard once some of the older movies' prehistoric ticket prices are adjusted for inflation. (Kudos to BoxOfficeMojo.com for doing the math.)

At the same time, the debut is far bigger than recent ones suffered by Willis' Expendables comrades, Arnold Schwarzengger and Sylvester Stallone, who struck out with The Last Stand and Bullet to the Head, respectively.

Safe Haven, meanwhile, which topped A Good Day to Die Hard at Thursday's Valentine's Day box office, settled for third place in the weekend standings.

The Josh Duhamel-Julianne Hough romantic drama grossed a projected $21.5 million from Friday-Sunday. The take puts the film on par with The Vow, the Sparks-channeling tearjerker that opened on the same weekend last year. Among films actually based Sparks novels, Safe Haven came up bigger than all but Dear John and The Lucky One.

The witch-graced Beautiful Creatures lacked for vampires (Twilight) and zombies (Warm Bodies), and got left behind in sixth place with a weak $7.5 million Friday-Sunday.

Elsewhere, last weekend's No. 1 film, Identity Thief ($23.4 million), held very, while the new animated family film, Escape From Planet Earth, opened OK ($16.1 million).

Outside of the Top 10, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained topped $200 million internationally; The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hit $300 million domestically.

Here's a complete look at the weekend's top movies, per Friday-Sunday studio estimates and stats as compiled per Exhibitor Relations:

  1. A Good Day to Die Hard, $25 million
  2. Identity Thief, $23.4 million
  3. Safe Haven, $21.5 million
  4. Escape From Planet Earth, $16.1 million
  5. Warm Bodies, $9 million
  6. Beautiful Creatures, $7.5 million
  7. Side Effects, $6.3 million
  8. Silver Linings Playbook, $6.1 million
  9. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, $3.5 million
  10. Zero Dark Thirty, $3.1 million

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by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 8:41 PM
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MamaMandee
by Mandee on Feb. 17, 2013 at 10:20 PM
DH wants to see it. I want to see Identity Thief.
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gmadiane
by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 10:25 PM

I will wait for dvd

LoriAnn87
by Silver Member on Feb. 17, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Love the die hard movies and I can't wait to see this one.

sara_7106
by on Feb. 17, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Not sure i ever watched die hard
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BeachMommy07
by on Feb. 18, 2013 at 5:55 AM

he looks terrible there, but wtg bruce!

jbyrd898
by Jessica on Feb. 18, 2013 at 7:58 PM

I'm not into these Diehard movies, but I saw him in Looper and Moonrise Kingdom this year and thought he was great.

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