Looking at the weekend box office results, it's not hard to imagine couples arriving at their local multiplexes buying separate tickets -- the guys to see A Good Day to Die Hard and the gals to see either Identity Thief or Safe Haven. The latest installment of the Bruce Willis action franchise was running ahead of the chick flicks, earning an estimated $25 million over the regular three-day weekend. It now appears likely to take in around $33 million by the time the Presidents Day holiday ends on Monday. But that's well off the $40-50 million that some box-office pundits had been predicting. (Nevertheless, Willis was coming out a whole lot better than fellow veteran action stars like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger have been doing of late.) Earning nearly as much was last weekend's No. 1 film, Identity Thief, with Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman. It dropped just 32 percent to $23.4 million and looks like it will wind up with close to $30 million for the holiday. Also close behind was the romantic drama Safe Haven with Josh Duhamel and Juliette Hough. It will probably wind up with $21.5 million for the weekend and $25 million for the holiday -- nearly twice what the pundits had predicted. No such good luck for a third newcomer, the Twilight wannabe Beautiful Creatures, which took in a disappointing $7.6 million over the weekend and looks set to end up with $11 million through Monday.
The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo:
1. A Good Day to Die Hard, $25 million; 2. Identity Thief, $23.4 million; 3. Safe Haven, $21.4 million; 4. Escape From Planet Earth, $16.1 million; 5. Warm Bodies, $9 million; 6. Beautiful Creatures, $7.6 million; 7. Side Effects (2013), $6.3 million; 8. Silver Linings Playbook, $6.01 million; 9. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, $3.5 million; 10. Zero Dark Thirty, $3.1 million.