The fifth entry in the “Die Hard” franchise and the latest cinematic adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel were neck-and-neck on Friday – having a difference of only $.05 million between them, according to a Feb. 16 report from Box Office Mojo.
“A Good Day to Die Hard” edged “Safe Haven” for first place, bringing in $7.2 million. The action flick also took in $8.2 million on Valentine’s Day, bringing its total to $15.4 million. The previous entry, “Live Free or Die Hard,” grossed $15 million in its first two days back in 2007. “A Good Day to Die Hard” is predicted to bring in under $40 million in its first five days, which is a bit of a disappointment, considering the franchise’s track record.
“Safe Haven” came in a close second on Friday, bringing in $7.15 million. The drama opened in first place on Valentine’s Day, though, bringing in $8.8 million on the romantic holiday. Its current total is $16 million, and it should earn a little over $30 million for the weekend. This would put it in the same league as 2010’s “Dear John.”
Last weekend’s champion, “Identity Thief,” only had a 41 percent dip, putting it in third place with $6.5 million. The film has earned $53.8 million and will likely top “Mama” by Monday as 2013’s highest grossing film so far.
Despite having very little marketing, “Escape from Planet Earth” was able to get into fourth place with $3.7 million. Analysts predict the animated feature will open just a little above $15 million.
“Warm Bodies” came in fifth with $2.6 million, a 20 percent drop from last week. The zombie romance has earned $43.8 million and will pass the $50 million mark by Monday.
The latest adaptation of a young adult fantasy series, “Beautiful Creatures,” is bombing in its first weekend. Opening on Valentine’s Day with just $2.5 million, the film only earned $2.3 million on Friday, bringing its two-day total to just $4.8 million. Analysts predict the film will earn just over $10 million, which guarantees that fans of the novels will not get a sequel in cinematic form.