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After a disastrous weekend when grosses dipped to half of last year's, two new releases and one strong holdover continued the Thursday Valentine's Day rebound. The Top Ten total is close to the 2012 sum. Three of the week's four new films premiered a day earlier. All three fell off their initial numbers, though, suggesting that the recovery is not complete, even for just one weekend. Fox's "A Good Day to Die Hard" and Relativity's "Safe Haven" were one-two for the day, flipping their positions (possibly not for the last time), both grossing a bit over $7 million. Close on their heels was Universal's "Identity Thief," down around 40% from last Friday, and likely to have a better hold for the whole weekend. Warner Bros.' "Beautiful Creatures" (in its second day) and Weinstein's debuting animated "Escape from Planet Earth" lagged behind. The former only placed sixth for the day, clearly losing the. »


- Tom Brueggemann

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