Moviegoers ignored critics and cast their votes for another Bruce Willis sequel and a Nicholas Sparks adaptation over the Presidents Day weekend.
‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ earned about $25 million from Friday to Sunday, lifting the fifth installment of the action franchise to the top of the box office, according to industry figures released Monday.
Dramatic romance ‘Safe Haven’ earned a solid $21.4 million during its debut weekend, good enough for third at the box office.
Critics panned both films with some of the worst reviews of the year.
Another critically panned movie, the R-rated comedy ‘Identity Thief,’ slipped from the top spot to No. 2 in its second weekend, earning about $23.5 million and passing the $70 million mark overall.
Two other newcomers faced different outcomes.
Animated 3D action film ‘Escape from Planet Earth’ opened in fourth with a respectable $16 million.
Supernatural drama ‘Beautiful Creatures’ failed to cast a spell, debuting at No. 6 with about $7.5 million.
Zombie romance ‘Warm Bodies’ finished fifth in its third week, earning about $9 million and passing the $50 million mark overall.