Willis actioner performs below pre-weekend estimates; 'Beautiful Creatures' also disappoints
Paced by an underperforming “A Good Day to Die Hard,” Presidents Day weekend box office was down 10% from last year and, ominously, couldn’t even match 2009-11. However, there were a few bright spots, notably Relativity Media’s “Safe Haven.”Leading the charge, Fox’s Bruce Willis starrer “A Good Day to Die Hard” grossed an estimated $33 million Thursday-Sunday. Fox projects the film will earn roughly $38.7 million through Monday, a bit below the pic’s more aggressive $45 million pre-weekend tracking. Meanwhile, Relativity Media’s Nicholas Sparks romance-thriller, “Safe Haven,” stands as the weekend’s most pleasant surprise, appealing to couples for a projected $34 million in five days. “Haven” scored a solid Valentine’s Day opening of $8.8 million, followed by an estimated $25 million four-day weekend tally. Sandwiched in between those two newcomers, Universal’s soph-sesh player “Identity Thief” grossed $23.4 million in three days, down just 32%, for a domestic cume of $70.7 million through Sunday. The Weinstein Co.’s 3D toon “Escape from Planet Earth” scored a hearty $16.1 million in three days, benefiting primarily from a recently underserved family market. The toon should hold best on Presidents Day. As the weekend’s biggest disappointment, Warner Bros.’ young-adult novel adaptation, “Beautiful Creatures,” grossed just $7.5 million Friday-Sunday. Pic bowed Thursday, cuming an estimated $10 million through today.