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Weekend Box Office Report: February 15-17 2013

Feb. 17, 2013by:

A Good Day (or four) at the Box Office!

Increasingly indestructible detective John McClane returned to theaters this weekend and gunned down the competition, putting A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD at the top of the box office with $25 million.

Bruce Willis and his action-ready on-screen offspring Jai Courtney also pulled in $8.2 million from their Thursday opening for a $33.2 million total so far. Despite the R-rating, that's comparable to the $33.3M three-day opening of 2007's LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, which had the benefit of a June release and a PG-13 rating. LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD also ended up being the biggest of the franchise with an eventual $383.5M worldwide total, even though it seems to be the least favorite among fans of the series (perhaps until now, judging by some of your reactions to A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD).

Capitalizing on the Valentine's Day moviegoing audiences was the new romance SAFE HAVEN, which also scored big with an $8.8 million Thursday. The latest adaptation of a book by THE NOTEBOOK novelist Nicholas Sparks, directed by Oscar-winner Lasse Hallström, ended up with $30.2 million total even though it slipped a bit on the weekend and got overtaken by IDENTITY THIEF. That Jason Bateman/Melissa McCarthy comedy swiped $23.4 million in its second week has already scrambled to a $70.7 million ten-day haul.

In fourth place was the Weinsteins' new 3D computer-animated alien adventure ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH with $16 million, which isn't too bad considering it seemed to be barely promoted and only cost around $40M (compared to the $150M-plus price tags of CG productions from studios like Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks).

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES was the latest blatant big-studio effort at generating a TWILIGHT-sized franchise based on young adult fantasy books, but the target demographic clearly wasn't buying it -- the movie (budgeted at $60M) made just $10 million since its Thursday release and staggered into the sixth spot.

In fact, the teen crowds seemed more interested in the zombie romance WARM BODIES, which scored one spot higher than Warner Bros.' new supernatural love story even though it's been in theaters for three weeks. The enamored reanimated corpse chewed up another $9 million as the movie has shuffled to a $50.2M total. The Presidents' Day holiday on Monday (along with February school vacation week for many) should give a jolt to all the movies in the Top 10, particularly those with youth appeal.

Director Steven Soderbergh's allegedly final theatrical feature SIDE EFFECTS came in seventh with $6.3 million, and with the Oscars next weekend, the only Best Picture contenders still left in the Top 10 are SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (on the precipice of the $100 million mark) and ZERO DARK THIRTY (which could hypothetically also get there). ARGO and DJANGO UNCHAINED are now off the chart, and took the frightener MAMA with them.

Next weekend brings the alien abduction thriller DARK SKIES, along with SNITCH, the latest action flick starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (who returns again next month in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION).

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. A Good Day to Die Hard $25 M $33.2 M
2. Identity Thief $23.4 M $70.7 M
3. Safe Haven $21.4 M $30.2 M
4. Escape from Planet Earth $16 M
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5. Warm Bodies $9 M $50.2 M
6. Beautiful Creatures $7.4 M $10 M
7. Side Effects $6.3 M $19.1 M
8. Silver Linings Playbook $6 M $98.4 M
9. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters $3.4 M $49.6 M
10. Zero Dark Thirty $3.1 M $88 M

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9:59AM on 02/19/2013

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There was nothing wrong with Die Hard. It felt more like Die Hard than 4 did. (And 4 was fine) The script was fine. The camera work during the action scenes was a bit shakey, but there was really nothing wrong with the movie. Apparently no one remember part 2 being awful, or part three being just as over the top. (The aqueduct scene, swinging from the bridge with a cable onto a freighter) And reboots are dumb. Don't reboot or remake movies just because you don't like a sequel!
There was nothing wrong with Die Hard. It felt more like Die Hard than 4 did. (And 4 was fine) The script was fine. The camera work during the action scenes was a bit shakey, but there was really nothing wrong with the movie. Apparently no one remember part 2 being awful, or part three being just as over the top. (The aqueduct scene, swinging from the bridge with a cable onto a freighter) And reboots are dumb. Don't reboot or remake movies just because you don't like a sequel!
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7:11AM on 02/18/2013
At least the new Die Hard movie opens at No.1, otherwise this series is doomed.
At least the new Die Hard movie opens at No.1, otherwise this series is doomed.
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9:24PM on 02/17/2013
well guess despite the mixed reviews on the new Die Hard, it still finished first. Least we know franchises are still big these days & thats what Sly & Arnie need to stick to. Stallone now has Exppendables & Arnie can make another Conan, Terminator or even a sequel to past hits like True Lies or Twins. I'll wait fr DVD on all these latest films. Might have hated it but you suckers still paid to see it lol.
well guess despite the mixed reviews on the new Die Hard, it still finished first. Least we know franchises are still big these days & thats what Sly & Arnie need to stick to. Stallone now has Exppendables & Arnie can make another Conan, Terminator or even a sequel to past hits like True Lies or Twins. I'll wait fr DVD on all these latest films. Might have hated it but you suckers still paid to see it lol.
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9:08PM on 02/17/2013
How come Joblo is late to the party these days? MSN had the box office numbers posted first thing in the AM, Joblo used to have them in the morning but now....?
How come Joblo is late to the party these days? MSN had the box office numbers posted first thing in the AM, Joblo used to have them in the morning but now....?
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4:50AM on 02/18/2013
Don't forget these are estimates: if you publish weekend results on a Sunday morning then you are only guessing as to what Sunday nights proceeds will be.
Don't forget these are estimates: if you publish weekend results on a Sunday morning then you are only guessing as to what Sunday nights proceeds will be.
11:24AM on 02/18/2013
They are always estimates until Monday.......... always have been
They are always estimates until Monday.......... always have been
7:47PM on 02/18/2013
We've actually NEVER posted them in the mornings. Ever. We normally post them around 1-2pm EST, but sometimes a little later in the day, if the numbers come out later. And yes, Sunday numbers are "estimates" but they're usually around 95% correct, so that's good enough for us, as we're not running an accounting firm, rather just a movie fansite. Monday numbers are the actuals.
We've actually NEVER posted them in the mornings. Ever. We normally post them around 1-2pm EST, but sometimes a little later in the day, if the numbers come out later. And yes, Sunday numbers are "estimates" but they're usually around 95% correct, so that's good enough for us, as we're not running an accounting firm, rather just a movie fansite. Monday numbers are the actuals.
10:27PM on 02/18/2013
Why would you click on this article if you already knew the numbers from MSN? Oh yeah, you're a stupid fucking cunt. I forgot.
Why would you click on this article if you already knew the numbers from MSN? Oh yeah, you're a stupid fucking cunt. I forgot.
8:20PM on 02/17/2013
Saw Die Hard today, was okay. Nothing special, was an okay film but just felt like I was watching Bruce instead of John McClane run around in Russia. If they make another one please bring us John McClane from Die Hard 1-3..please? Thank you. Always happy though to see Bruce Willis doing well at the box office.
Saw Die Hard today, was okay. Nothing special, was an okay film but just felt like I was watching Bruce instead of John McClane run around in Russia. If they make another one please bring us John McClane from Die Hard 1-3..please? Thank you. Always happy though to see Bruce Willis doing well at the box office.
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7:41PM on 02/17/2013

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I think this article is missing the BIG story with Die Hard - it's already at $113,000,000 worldwide in only 3 days! On a $92,000,000 production budget, this film is likely to warrant another installment with how fast it made that back. I thought the movie was kind of a mess (mainly script and direction), but I'm glad to see it open strong and hope they listen to the fans for number 6. They heard us loud and clear when we wanted an R rating, now I hope they listen to us when we call for a
I think this article is missing the BIG story with Die Hard - it's already at $113,000,000 worldwide in only 3 days! On a $92,000,000 production budget, this film is likely to warrant another installment with how fast it made that back. I thought the movie was kind of a mess (mainly script and direction), but I'm glad to see it open strong and hope they listen to the fans for number 6. They heard us loud and clear when we wanted an R rating, now I hope they listen to us when we call for a little logic and reality in the script.
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4:12PM on 02/17/2013
Didn't really like Die Hard all that much, thanks to its messy direction and crummy script. But somehow, I'm glad it was No. 1 for numerous reasons. It could have been that the Nicholas Sparks bile-fest "Safe Haven" up on that spot. And that it shows there's still demand for the action movie vets, despite the last few months not being kind to Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Also, Die Hard is still alive and doing well, and it won't have to end on this note. Hopefully, the next one will pull a late
Didn't really like Die Hard all that much, thanks to its messy direction and crummy script. But somehow, I'm glad it was No. 1 for numerous reasons. It could have been that the Nicholas Sparks bile-fest "Safe Haven" up on that spot. And that it shows there's still demand for the action movie vets, despite the last few months not being kind to Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Also, Die Hard is still alive and doing well, and it won't have to end on this note. Hopefully, the next one will pull a late but stunning rebound and blow us away.
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3:47PM on 02/17/2013
One thing I'm really glad seeing this year is almost all the nominees of Best Picture oscar are doing GREAT business and most of them had a 100m+ domestic business or going to cross 100m (Lincoln 180m, Django 160m, Pi 111m, Playbook 100m, Argo 130m, Les Miserables 150m, Zero Dark 90m). Its a clear proof that these films can and are connecting with the audience even solely on shear "entertainment" value.... You can't say THAT to most years nominees.
One thing I'm really glad seeing this year is almost all the nominees of Best Picture oscar are doing GREAT business and most of them had a 100m+ domestic business or going to cross 100m (Lincoln 180m, Django 160m, Pi 111m, Playbook 100m, Argo 130m, Les Miserables 150m, Zero Dark 90m). Its a clear proof that these films can and are connecting with the audience even solely on shear "entertainment" value.... You can't say THAT to most years nominees.
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3:06PM on 02/17/2013
Glad to see Die Hard is doing so well. I actually enjoyed it but it could have been better. Lets hope since a sequel is a sure thing now we get a movie in the mold of the original three.
Glad to see Die Hard is doing so well. I actually enjoyed it but it could have been better. Lets hope since a sequel is a sure thing now we get a movie in the mold of the original three.
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2:38PM on 02/17/2013
I thought A Good Day to Die Hard was pretty unfairly bashed. It doesn't feel like a Die Hard movie, yes but the John McClane character is still there. Yeah, its flawed (slows down too much, the first chase is shot horribly, plot was a little too crazy) but I still had fun with it and that last helicopter scene was badass.
I thought A Good Day to Die Hard was pretty unfairly bashed. It doesn't feel like a Die Hard movie, yes but the John McClane character is still there. Yeah, its flawed (slows down too much, the first chase is shot horribly, plot was a little too crazy) but I still had fun with it and that last helicopter scene was badass.
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2:44PM on 02/17/2013
The plot was lacking and so were the villians. It was as if there were four or five random villians.
The plot was lacking and so were the villians. It was as if there were four or five random villians.
2:45PM on 02/17/2013
I thought it was entertaining and it had its moments and I enjoyed it, but it could have been a lot better.
I thought it was entertaining and it had its moments and I enjoyed it, but it could have been a lot better.
2:35PM on 02/17/2013
But seriously what else is there to say about Die Hard 5 that already hasn't been said in previous articles?

I did see Side Effects too and have to say if this is really his last film than it is a hell of a film to go out on. The film was great and should be doing better.
But seriously what else is there to say about Die Hard 5 that already hasn't been said in previous articles?

I did see Side Effects too and have to say if this is really his last film than it is a hell of a film to go out on. The film was great and should be doing better.
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9:28PM on 02/17/2013
I think its fair to say that action movies today are just not made the way they were in the 80s & 90s. Too much CGI & trying to be over the top. To me the only person who can get away with it is Michael Bay. When you mess with other beloved films with pointless sequels & remakes, it turns people off. Seems to me Die Hard is more a Bruce Willis movie than a John McClane.
I think its fair to say that action movies today are just not made the way they were in the 80s & 90s. Too much CGI & trying to be over the top. To me the only person who can get away with it is Michael Bay. When you mess with other beloved films with pointless sequels & remakes, it turns people off. Seems to me Die Hard is more a Bruce Willis movie than a John McClane.
2:32PM on 02/17/2013
Reboot Die Hard!!!!!!!
Reboot Die Hard!!!!!!!
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