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Welcome to the world of the new blockbuster. Would Hollywood studios learn to make good movies, or make smarter fiscal decisions first? Given that we're looking at "A Good Day To Die Hard" ruling over the box office, the latter is true, with the fifth installment in the action series winning a very close horse race on this Presidents' Day weekend. The fact that this opening is significantly smaller than the one for "Live Free Or Die Hard" and that the picture is assuredly the worst in the series turns out to be irrelevant. Fox broke the bank with a triple-digit budget on the more high-tech "Live Free Or Die Hard" five and a half years ago, but this time the Russia-set actioner reportedly only clocked in at $92 million. The ad campaign offered smirky Bruce Willis, with the acknowledgement that "Die Hard" was no longer a high concept but an institution of sorts. »

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