It's been six years since the last "Die Hard" movie, and this year is the silver anniversary of the first "Die Hard" film, but despite the series rather grizzled image, it was announced Sunday that its latest entry, "A Good Day to Die Hard," took first place at the box office for the weekend of Feb. 15-17.
“A Good Day to Die Hard,” opened at No. 1 at the weekend box office with $25 million. Despite its blockbuster action film status, the movie couldn't eclipse last week's top film, Melissa McCarthy's comedy "Identity Thief," which still owns the top opening of 2013 with $36.6 million.
Opening mid-week, "A Good Day to Die Hard" finished the weekend with a domestic take of $33.2 million. It has a way to go to reach black ink, though; the film is estimated to have a $92 million budget.
"Identity Thief" slotted in at the second position, taking in $23.4 million. Combined with its prior receipts, the Melissa McCarthy - Jason Bateman film has taken in $70.7 million domestically in two weeks.
Another new film, the romance “Safe Haven” debuted in the third spot with $21.4 million. Starring Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Cobie Smulders and based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, the film also opened early for the President's Day weekend and now has a total of $30.2 million.
The 3D animated newcomer "Escape From Planet Earth" finished in fourth position. It took in $16.1 million for its first weekend. The movie stars the voices of Brendan Fraser, Rob Corddry, Ricky Gervais, Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, and Sarah Jessica Parker. Considering the film languished on the shelf after shooting and was released sans much marketing, it had a good first weekend.
The zombie spoof "Warm Bodies" closed out the top five with a $9 million take in its third week. It has a total of $50.2 million in box office receipts.
Disappointing was the word for the other debut this week. "Beautiful Creatures," the young adult fantasy adaptation finished in sixth place, with $7.5 million for the weekend and $10 million for the week. Considering the film had a budget estimated at $60 million, reports are that a sequel isn't going to be forthcoming, as the film didn't repeat the high take of other adult fantasy film adaptations that easily come to mind.
The top 10 movies are listed below (LW = last week's ranking):
- (N), A Good Day to Die Hard,
- (1 LW), Identity Thief, 2 weeks
- (N), Safe Haven
- (N), Escape from Planet Earth
- (2 LW), Warm Bodies, 3 weeks
- (N), Beautiful Creatures, $7.5 millon, $10 million overall
- (3 LW), Side Effects, $6.3 million, $19.1 million overall, 2 weeks
- (4 LW), Silver Linings Playbook, $6.1 million, $98.5 million overall, 14 weeks
- (5 LW), Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, $3.5 million, $50 million overall, 4 weeks
- (7 LW), Zero Dark Thirty, $3.1 million, $88 million overall, 9 weeks