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'Die Hard,' 'Safe Haven' in Close Presidents Day Race

16 February 2013 12:20 PM, PST

A Good Day to Die Hard narrowly took first place at the beginning of Presidents Day weekend, though overperforming Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven wasn't far behind. Escape From Planet Earth also had a solid start, while Beautiful Creatures missed the Top Five.The fifth Die Hard movie took in $7.2 million on Friday; add in its $8.2 million from Valentine's Day, and the movie has so far earned $15.4 million. In comparison, Live Free or Die Hard grossed $15 million through its first two days. For its five-day opening, A Good Day to Die Hard will likely wind up under $40 million, which is slightly disappointing given the franchise's strong history and the ubiquitous marketing effort.Safe Haven was a close second on Friday with $7.15 million*it opened ahead of Die Hard on Valentine's Day, though, and has a two-day lead with $16 million. For the five-day frame, the movie should earn over $30 million, which »


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Forecast: Fifth 'Die Hard' Should Blow Up Presidents Weekend

14 February 2013 3:42 PM, PST

After a few very slow weeks at the box office, four new nationwide releases should help bolster business over the long Presidents Day weekend. Among the Valentine's Day openers, A Good Day to Die Hard*which is the fifth entry in the decades-old franchise*should have no problem claiming the top spot, though Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven and fantasy adaptation Beautiful Creatures are also poised to do well. Animated feature Escape From Planet Earth also lands in theaters this weekend, though it's unclear if family audiences even know it's coming out.The Die Hard franchise has been a consistent box office performer since its inception nearly 25 years ago. The first movie*which is widely considered one of the best action movies ever*earned $83 million, which made it the seventh-highest-grossing movie of 1988. Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Die Hard: With A Vengeance weren't as widely liked, but they both »

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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Django' Bests 'Basterds' Worldwide

12 February 2013 5:18 PM, PST

For the fourth-straight weekend, Django Unchained topped the foreign box office. Thanks to its ongoing strong business, the movie moved ahead of Inglourious Basterds to become writer-director Quentin Tarantino's highest-grosser ever on a worldwide basis.Tarantino's revenge "Southern" added $19.5 million from 65 markets this weekend; its top territory was once again Germany with $3.9 million, and it held first place for the fourth weekend in a row in France with $3.3 million. Add its $187.7 million foreign total with its $154.5 million domestic take and Django has now earned $342.2 million worldwide, which is ahead of Inglourious Basterds's $321.5 million. Wreck-It Ralph finally reached the U.K. this weekend and took first place there with $7.1 million. Overall, the movie added $11.7 million for a new total of $207.5 million, and it's now a few days from passing $400 million worldwide.Including a strong $2.3 million first place debut in Australia, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters grossed $11.7 million this weekend. »

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