Despite some truly atrocious reviews, audiences’ love of John McLane won out over the weekend, with the movie topping the US box office with $25 million from Friday to Sunday and $33 million since it was released last Thursday.
Although not a great start, it’s not too far behind Die Hard 4’s $38 million four-day total. However, it’s not likely to get great word of mouth, so it may find it difficult to sustain its box office power over the coming weeks.
As it’s Presidents Day weekend, Die Hard 5 was just one of a slew of titles hitting cinemas. Safe Haven placed third with a decent $21 million (and $30 million since its Thursday opening), which is about on par with The Lucky One, but well behind Dear John’s first weekend.
While indie animation doesn’t usually do that well, Escape From Planet Earth took a pretty good $16 million, no doubt helped by the holiday weekend and the fact that for the last couple of months US cinemas have been full of R-rated entertainment.
While Warner Bros might have hoped Beautiful Creatures would be the new Twilight, it certainly won’t be, as the film placed sixth on the chart and took just $7 million over the weekend. It’s safe to say we’re unlikely to get the sequels Warner were hoping to make.
Take a look below for the US box office top 10 for the weekend of February 15th-17th.
|Rank||Title||Weekend Gross (millions)||Total Gross to date (millions)|
|1||A Good Day To Die Hard||$25.0||$33.2|
|4||Escape From Planet Earth||$16.0||$16.0|
|8||Silver Linings Playbook||$6.0||$98.4|
|9||Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters||$3.4||$49.6|
|10||Zero Dark Thirty||$3.1||$88.0|