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.
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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