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A Good Day to Die Hard

A Good Day to Die Hard

Moviegoers flocked to see Bruce Willis in the fifth installment of the popular “Die Hard” franchise, as it opened strong at the box office.

“A Good Day to Die Hard” is expected to pull in $28.2 million over the four-day holiday, beating out last weekend’s winner, slapstick comedy “Identity Thief” ($27.6 million), and Nicholas Sparks’ romantic drama “Safe Haven” ($25.4 million).

This weekend is on pace to be the biggest international opening in the history of the 25-year-old “Die Hard” franchise, as it held the top box office spot in many of the 63 markets where it’s been released.

Yes, 25 years. It’s a good thing John McClane has a son to take over the franchise (although I thought the movie was a bit cartoonish and certainly nowhere near as good as the fourth installment, “Live Free or Die Hard”).

“Escape from Planet Earth” (a bit of a snoozer) scored $20.5 million, and “Warm Bodies” dropped to fifth place with $10.9 million.

I’m sad that “Beautiful Creatures” — which I loved — didn’t fare better. The supernatural romance came in sixth place with $7.46 million. Sigh…

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