Well, it’s no surprise that A Good Day to Die Hard ended up on top, but was it a quick victory, or signs of new life in a quarter-century old franchise? We’ll know next week. And as for Beautiful Creatures this weekend… well, it does not portend well for future young adult fiction. All that and more…
|1||A Good Day to Die Hard||$25,000,000||$7,036||$33,239,000|
|2||Identity Thief||$23,437,000 (-32.2)||$7,405||$70,725,000|
|4||Escape From Planet Earth||$16,066,000||$4,886||$16,066,000|
|5||Warm Bodies||$9,000,000 (-20.7)
|7||Side Effects||$6,307,000 (-32.2)||$2,421||$19,128,000|
|8||Silver Linings Playbook||$6,088,000 (-5.2)||$2,765||$98,462,000|
|9||Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters||$3,470,000 (-39.7)||$1,650||$49,699,000|
|10||Zero Dark Thirty||$3,100,000 (-22.6)||$2,037||$88,029,000|
Die Hard may have taken the weekend, but it did ten million less that Identity Thief opened to last weekend, so it may not clear $100 Million domestic, which means it should be the lowest grossing Die Hard movie since the original (which made $83 Million). Internationally, it’s already made $80 Million, which means that all that talk of Die Hard 6 is real, and likely.
Identity Thief is on a clear path to a hundred million domestic, which is a big win for a film that got hammered by critics. But either audiences like it more than the elite, or it was at the right place for a comedy, and people want to laugh at the funny people.
Safe Haven is over $30 Million, and could play strong as a romance picture, and as a WTF picture (spoiler: there’s a big surprise at the ending). Considering the biggest name attached was Nicholas Sparks, it’s likely the film is already in profit. Whereas Escape from Planet Earth – even with no real competition – is dead in the water and will struggle to make $50 Million. That said, Beautiful Creatures is much worse for wear. Though it too lacked a lot of name players, this could have been the start of a franchise, and those numbers suggest that it was an expensive failure.
Warm Bodies crossed $50 Million, which means it’s a hit for what it cost, and Silver Linings is nearing $100, which it will make even if it mostly misses at the Oscars. Zero Dark Thirty is going to get close to $100 Million, but without any big Oscar wins, it’s more likely to top out at $95. So close, but solid numbers regardless.
Reality Check: I thought Die Hard would do a smidge better and everything else a little worse. I was not expecting Escape to have the life to get to $16 Million, but even though it looks terrible it is the only kids film out.
What did you watch this weekend?