“A Good Day to Die Hard” and “Safe Haven” were neck-and-neck during the Feb. 15-17 weekend, but the Bruce Willis action flick ended up coming away with the victory. According to Box Office Mojo, the fifth entry in the “Die Hard” franchise earned $25 million.
Since opening on Thursday (Valentine’s Day), the film has earned a total of $33.2 million, which is about the same that “Live Free or Die Hard” earned when it premiered in 2007. However, that premiered on a Wednesday and had a total of $48.3 million during its first five days. “A Good Day to Die Hard” is predicted to make just under $40 million after the Presidents Day holiday.
“Safe Haven,” the latest adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel, placed third with $21.4 million. The drama won the Valentine’s Day holiday over the new “Die Hard,” due to couples wanting to see a romantic movie for the day of romance. Since opening on Thursday, the film has earned $30.2 million.
Last week’s champion, “Identity Thief,” fell one spot to number two, earning $23.4 million. Its total stands at $70.7 million, making it the top grossing film of 2013 so far.
With the little marketing it had, “Escape from Planet Earth” had a pretty solid opening in fourth place, earning $16 million. The animated feature, budgeted around $40 million, received a B+ Cinemascore rating from audiences, so word of mouth may give the film a little boost in the coming weeks.
“Warm Bodies” rounded out the top five with $9 million. The romantic zombie comedy has earned $50 million in its three weeks of release.
The latest young adult fantasy series to receive the cinematic treatment, “Beautiful Creatures,” flopped in its opening weekend. In what was hoped to be the next “Twilight,” the film only earned $10 million in its first four days of release. Despite receiving a B rating on Cinemascore, there’s a good chance “Beautiful Creatures” will not have a sequel.