The Weinstein Co.’s animated feature, “Escape From Planet Earth,” lands fourth place, while Bruce Willis' “A Good Day to Die Hard” wins the Presidents Day weekend in a close race with the Nicholas Sparks film adaptation “Safe Haven,” and holdover Melissa McCarthy comedy “Identity Thief.”
The Weinstein Co.’s animated feature, Escape From Planet Earth, landed fourth place at the domestic box office this holiday weekend, while Bruce Willis' A Good Day to Die Hard came in first place in a close race with the Nicholas Sparks film adaptation Safe Haven, and holdover Melissa McCarthy comedy Identity Thief.
Die Hard, from 20th Century Fox, grossed $29.3 million for the four-day holiday frame, putting its five-day debut at $37.5 million. Overseas, the action feature has already earned north of $80 million.
Universal's R-rated comedy Identity Thief – which teams McCarthy with Jason Bateman -- made $27.9 million for an 11-day domestic total of $75.1 million. Internationally, the comedy has earned nearly $75 million.
Relativity Media's Safe Haven, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, came in third place, making $25.2 million over Presidents Day weekend for a five-day debut of $34 million.
The Weinstein Co.’s animated 3D family feature, Escape From Planet Earth, opened on Friday, earning a solid $21 million at fourth place on the box office charts. Directed by Cal Brunker, the film features the voices of Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba.
Summit Entertainment’s zombie romantic comedy Warm Bodies came in fifth place, earning $10.3 million during its third weekend at the box office for a total of $51.5 million.
In sixth place, Warner Bros.’ Beautiful Creatures, based on the popular YA book series and directed and written by Richard LaGravenese, brought in $8.9 million over Presidents Day for a five-day debut of $11.5 million.
Steven Soderbergh's independently financed Side Effects, starring Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum, came in seventh, making $7.8 million for distributor Open Road Films for a total of $20.6 million.
In eighth place, Silver Linings Playbook, from the Weinstein Co., brought in $7.6 million for a whopping $100 million during the film’s 14 weeks at the box office.
Paramount's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters came in ninth in its fourth weekend out, bringing in $3.6 million for a domestic total at $88.5 million.
Rounding out the list at number 10, Sony and Annapurna's Zero Dark Thirty grossed $3.6 million for the weekend, pushing the film’s domestic total to $88.5 million.
Box office numbers were obtained on boxofficemojo.com.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.