Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: Feb 17 2013

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Feb 17 Box Office Die Hard 5 Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: Feb 17 2013

It’s John McClane versus love, aliens, and witches in this weekend’s box office battle.

Coming in at number 1 is A Good Day to Die Hard (read our review) with $25 million. The return of John McClane in a new R-rated adventure had fans excited, but critics found Die Hard 5 to be rather disappointing. The film opened this past Thursday and is now up to $33 million in domestic grosses.

Looking at the franchise as a whole, A Good Day is the second best opening for the series, behind only Live Free or Die Hard, which was PG-13. It’s hard to predict at this point whether Fox will be interested in a Die Hard 6, but a decent opening could help the case for a sequel.

Nipping right at Die Hard 5‘s heels is Identity Thief, which comes in at number 2 with $23 million. It was a neck-and-neck battle between the two R-rated films, but ultimately last week’s number 1 narrowly missed a repeat performance. Identity Thief is now up to $70 million in domestic grosses.

The only true Valentine’s Day-themed release of the week, Safe Haven, comes in at number 3 with $21 million. An adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel, the film follows a man and a woman (played by Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, respectively) who find love. It’s standard fare for the Nicholas Sparks crowd, and has grossed $30 million since Thursday.

Escape from Planet Earth (read our review), the animated film that received almost no marketing, comes in at number 4 with $16 million. We’ve seen animated films like this fare much worse at the box office, so the Weinstein Company should be relatively pleased with Escape‘s opening weekend take. Unfortunately, any critics that were willing to go out and see it have bashed the film.

Warm Bodies rounds out the top 5 with $9 million, which brings its domestic total up to $50 million thus far. In our February movie preview we pegged this film as a potential sleeper hit, and it looks like we were right.

Feb 17 Box Office Beautiful Creatures Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: Feb 17 2013

The fourth new release of the weekend, Beautiful Creatures (read our review), comes in at a disappointing number 6 with $7.4 million. The film hoped to capture the young adult crowd with a mix of teen romance and witchcraft, but apparently a lack of familiarity with the source material was a serious barrier to entry.

The YA sci-fi/fantasy space appears to be equal parts success and failure, with franchises like The Hunger Games and Twilight reaping all the rewards and films like Beautiful Creatures getting left in the dust. Since Thursday, the film has only grossed $10 million.

Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects comes in at number 7 with $6.3 million. On the Ocean’s Eleven director’s spectrum of success, the film is a bit on the low side, but that’s partially a testament to his willingness to explore varied subject matters. The film is up to $19 million in domestic grosses.

In at number 8 is Silver Linings Playbook with $6 million. With a week until the Academy Awards, David O. Russell’s film is on its way out of the top 10, but could see a resurgence depending on whether or not it comes away with Oscar gold. The film is also only two million away from crossing the $100 million domestic mark.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters comes in at number 9 with $3.4 million. Jeremy Renner has too many franchises to balance already so it’s probably a good thing – for his schedule, that is – that this film didn’t preform very strongly. Then again, a $49 million domestic total thus far isn’t bad.

And rounding out the top 10 is Zero Dark Thirty with $3.1 million. The film is up to $88 million in domestic grosses.

[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates – based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released Tuesday, February 19th – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. So after seeing Die Hard 5, I think it’s safe to say, yes, a PG-13 Die Hard movie can be much better than a Rated R one… It’s not about the curse words, it’s about the attitude…

  2. in other box office news, the hobbit is just a couple days away from crossing the $300 million mark. which i think is a good achievement, even if it still is lower then the rest. and thats not counting worldwide grosses either where it is at over $950 million.

    • I believe it opens in China on Feb. 22nd and will definitely cross the billion dollar mark soon thereafter.

  3. I just seen Die Hard 5 tonight. I enjoyed it. I thought it was slightly better than the last film was. It had it’s moments no doubt. I enjoyed the chase scene. It pretty good. The ending conflicts me as i thought it was lame but at the sametime was different from previous film’s endings which is good. I dunno. I just enjoyed it slightly more than the last film. I know one thing is if they make a 6th film, they gotta put as much effort as they can to make as great as the original was as a closing to the franchise. Like Rocky Balboa was to the Rocky franchise figuring speaking.

    • @Wally

      Did it not bother you at all that the story didn’t really make any sense???

      ***SPOILER ALERT***

      Like for example, what was Jack’s plan to break Yuri out of the prison? Sure he got himself into the courtroom with him, but it looks like if it wasn’t for that other guy trying to get to him, they would have never gotten out.

      Second, how did the CIA plan on extracting them with only an unmanned drone in the area?

      Third, what the hell kind of safe-house was that? It looked like they picked the one place with enough holes through the walls so that they could easily be overrun…

      Fourth, Yuri explains that he used everyone by making them think he had some file because that other guy is the only person with the resources to break him out of prison. Except, at the end when he kills “The Dancer” it turns out everyone was on his side, not that other guy’s side. It looks like he had the resources to break himself out of prison…

      Lastly, since when was John McClane the one who can get things by being personable with others??? He is a resourceful guy, but it’s always been that he’s the one that lacks social skills…

      I mean, I thought the action was kind of cool, but the plot has more holes than a big block of swiss cheese. And I thought Jack’s character was too thin. The whole mushy father-son things toward the end also seemed too cheesy… And I’m not against stuff like that, I thought the whole father-son thing in Frequency was very touching and when done right, it’s very effective, but in this movie it just seemed so rushed…

      I still enjoyed it more than part 2 though, lol. 😀

  4. @ Ken J

    I thought about those things aswell. It seemed like the film was more focused on McClane’s son than Willis’s character even, you know? I agree the plot was flawed & seemed rushed for the amount of time the film was timed for. I didn’t mind the whole father/son mushy stuff since we see his kids as little ones in the first film, his daughter grown up in the 4th film & now his son in this film as they’re reunited. But if they’re makin a 6th film, they need to have it focused on Willis’s character solely. At this point even though i liked the character of Holly, i just don’t see her & John getting back together after so much time has passed.

    First film is still my favorite outta all of them with the 3rd film as my 2nd. Die hard 2 & Die Hard 4 are pretty much tied imo. i guess this film was worser than the previous film storywise. The action was little better. Overall if they can’t make a better script & story for a 6th film, they should quit now.

    • The reason why the film seemed to focus on McLane’s son other than Mclane himself, is hollywood is trying to biuld an audience for him, and maybe if Bruce Willis gets too old for another “Die Hard” movie, there is a back-up plan for a spin-off.

      In my opinion, it won’t be a bright idea with using and overstreching the source material of the film series itself, but the audience and film critics will be disapointed. Also the film will fade away instead of going out with a success.

  5. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was really good ! Hope they make a sequel !

    • TROLL!!!!

  6. Lastly, since when was John McClane the one who can get things by being personable with others??? He is a resourceful guy, but it’s always been that he’s the one that lacks social skills…

    • @Francie

      Um, I take it that means you agree? o_O

  7. It has now been confirmed that moviegoers are heartless, soulless, careless monsters who don’t care about quality!

    • “Modern” moviegoers idea of quality is based on what? Compared to what? Really, this can be said about every generation since the advent of the motion picture as an entertainment. Look at some of the early films, even those in the past few decades. With notable exceptions (like, ironically, the original DIE HARD) very few are watchable or command repeated viewing.

      The taste of the “modern” moviegoer…this too shall pass.