Weekend Box Office: ‘Die Hard’ Takes a Quick Lead, ‘Safe Haven’ Close Behind [Video]

It was definitely a good day for “Die Hard” as the movie opened to an early lead on Friday.

The action movie ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ featuring Bruce WIllis and Jai Courtney grossed $7.2 million across 3,553 theaters on Friday.

The fifth installment in the famous franchise has made $15.5 million since its Feb. 14 release, The Huffington Post reports.

The movie has received numerous positive reviews, according to The Rotten Tomatoes. Eighty two per cent of viewers liked it.

“It was exactly what I expected from a fifth installment of a 25-year-old franchise that was released in February when all the other films dropped in the summer,” writes Kevin Carr from 7M Pictures.

As Luke Y. Thompson of Topless Robot  claims, “Having spent all these words ragging on the film, I will continue to semi-recommend it anyway. Why? Well, I happen to like big dumb action, and as long as that’s all you’re expecting, that is a thing that you shall receive.”

“Yes, it’s a brain drain of a film, but its go-for-broke zeal is contagious and fun, mindless or otherwise,” agrees Kirk Baird of Toledo Blade.

The true battle deployed on the Valentine’s Day, as “A Good Day to Die Hard” and romantic drama “Safe Haven” were virtually tied.

Nicholas Sparks adaptation, starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, almost caught up with ‘Die Hard’ earning $7.1 million.

‘Safe Haven’ has earned $15.98 million since its release on the Valentine’s Day. The film is an adaptation of Sparks’ 2012 novel of the same name.

Both movies hit theatres on Thursday night as they were believed to draw the date crowd. In the wake of President’s Day on Monday, both films are looking to crack the $30 million mark for the five-day frame.

‘Safe Heaven’ was approved by seventy one per cent of viewers of The Rotten Tomatoes.

“From author/producer Nicholas Sparks, the cornball master who gave this generation its Love Story with The Notebook, comes another full-bodied, four-course serving of perfectly prepared romantic mush,” says Jim Schembriof 3AW.

“Couples could do a lot worse on Valentine’s Day than seeing this romantic drama which, although springing from the same author, is far less bathetic than the popular The Notebook,” wrote David Nohof Film Journal International.

Don’t let your mind ask questions when you’re watching Safe Haven. You’ll enjoy the movie better if you don’t,” concluded Nour Habib of Tulsa World.

The third place went to “Identity Thief,” a comedy which continued its successful box office run.

Directed by Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, the movie earned $6.5 million across 3,165 theaters on Friday. It has reached a total of $53.8 million since its Feb. 8 release.

Animated movie “Escape from Planet Earth” also debuted this week. The movie opened Friday to $3.7 million across 3,288 theaters. The list of actors who dubbed the TWC’s 3D animated story includes such stars as Brendan Fraser, Sofia Vergara, Ricky Gervais, Jessica Alba, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

The zombie romance “Warm Bodies” took the firth place with its $2.6 million. It’s domestic gross now is estimated at $43.8 million.

Meanwhile, another fantasy-romance, “Beautiful Creatures” – which also made its debut on Valentine’s Day – scored a disappointing $2.3 million. Since Thursday, it has earned just $4.8 million.

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