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A Good Day To Die Hard on course for top spot on Presidents Day weekend

A Good Day To Die Hard

Story by Jack Foley

BRUCE Willis appears to be on course for top spot in the US with fifth Die Hard film, A Good Day To Die Hard.

Despite stiff competition from romantic drama Safe Haven and holdover comedy Identity Thief, Die Hard appears to have pulled ahead with a projected $30 million for the full holiday weekend.

If confirmed, the figure would push its five-day US debut to $38.3 million (as both Die Hard and Safe Haven opened on Valentine’s Day).

Overseas, A Good Day To Die Hard topped the international box office with $61.1 million for a foreign total of $80.1 million and worldwide haul of $113.3 million, thereby vindicating Twentieth Century Fox’s ongoing faith in the franchise.

Identity Thief, the Melissa McCarthy-Jason Bateman comedy, took $23.4 million to land second spot, while Nicholas Sparks film adaptation Safe Haven came in a healthy third with $21.4 million for the three day weekend, and a projected $25 million for the four days.

Animated 3D family flick Escape From Planet Earth, featuring the voices of Brendan Fraser, Jessica Alba, Rob Corddry and Sarah Jessica Parker, came fourth with a solid $16.1 million for the three day weekend, while former box office champ Warm Bodies rounded out the top five with $9 million.

Another new release, Beautiful Creatures, fared poorly with $7.5 million for the three day weekend and an $11.6 million projection, well below expectation.

The film, starring Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich, is based on the first book in the popular Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and was being viewed as a potential new franchise in the wake of the end of Twilight.

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