Just like last weekend, negative reviews didn’t impede box office sales, as A Good Day to Die Hard topped the charts. Much like last week’s winner, Identity Thief, the fifth instalment in the John McClane (Bruce Willis) franchise was panned, raising the question: Does film criticism have any real clout? Yet, this might be more of a “curiosity killed the cat” situation, with Die Hard turning 25 this year. The aforementioned Identity Thief fell to second and the new Nicholas Sparks adaptation, Safe Haven, came in third. In fourth was the family-friendly animated feature Escape from Planet Earth and Warm Bodies could be found in fifth.
A Good Day to Die Hard $25,000,000 (Total: $33,239,000)
Director John Moore’s take on John McClane didn’t beat the previous opening box office haul of Live Free or Die Hard, making it the second most successful entry in the franchise.
Identity Thief $23,437,000 (Total: $70,725,000)
Unseated by one newcomer, Die Hard, Seth Gordon’s raunch-com beat out the Valentine's Day-geared Safe Haven.
Safe Haven $21,430,000 (Total: $30,259,000)
Following the success of The Notebook studios couldn’t wait to keep churning out Nicolas Spark’s films into gushy romances (A Walk to Remember, Dear John). This latest entry is what would one expect—tears, kisses, and a first date in the rain—but with an unexpected final twist.
Escape From Planet Earth $16,066,000 (Total: $16,066,000)
Aliens come to Earth, must escape. In 3D.
Warm Bodies $9,000,000 (Total: $50,221,000)
Zombies took a hit this weekend, but still managed to hold out against the fresh competition of Beautiful Creatures, which fell just short of the podium in sixth.