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Battle at the Box Office 2/18

By Zach


Everyone’s love of John McClane overtook the traditional Valentine’s Day fare like Safe Haven to take the number one spot at the box office this weekend.  The latest Die Hard made $25 million, and just over $33 million since it came out on Thursday last week.  It’s about $5 million or so off from Live Free or Die Hard’s opening.  Identity Thief dropped down to second with another $23.4 million and just under $71 million total, so it should easily break $100 million in the next week or two.  Safe Haven took third place with $21.4 million and around $30 million for it’s four days out, just under the last Nicolas Sparks adaptation, Dear John, with $33 million.  The first animated kid’s movie of the year, Escape from Planet Earth, took fourth place with $16 million, which is better than similar movies like Sony’s Planet 51 but still nowhere near a Pixar or Dreamworks release.  Warm Bodies rounded out the top 5 with $9 million.  Speaking of Warm Bodies, it handily defeated potential usurper, Beautiful Creatures, which came in at a pretty bad sixth place with $$7.5 million.  It’s nowhere near Warm Bodies $20 million opening weekend and it’s even worse than bombs like Beastly, which made just over $9 million it’s opening weekend.   Everything else on the chart moved down about 3-4 spots to accomodate the new releases.

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