It was a tough weekend at the box office for those who are paid to predict which films will nab 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Safe Haven snagged the top spot on Valentine's Day (all of the weekend's new films opened on Thursday instead of waiting for Friday) but business fell off a bit the rest of the weekend for that romantic drama based on a Nicholas Sparks book. That opened the door for A Good Day to Die Hard - the fifth film of the 25 year old action movie franchise - and Identity Thief with Melissa McCarthy to battle it out for first. It was nearly too close to call for a while, however it appears Bruce Willis will emerge victorious in the weekend's box office race. All three of the weekend's eventual top three finishers have been panned by critics (of the three, Identity Thief has the highest rating on RottenTomatoes with a 24% fresh rating, which is nothing to brag about), but that apparently hasn't kept moviegoers from forking over cash at the box office.
The weekend's other major studio new release can legitimately be labeled a box office bomb at this point. Beautiful Creatures, based on the first book of the bestselling young adult series, barely registered over its first few days in theaters. Fans of the books seem to have ignored the movie despite an extensive marketing campaign and some fairly interesting teaser trailers.
Top 10 Films for the Weekend of February 15-17, 2013
1) A Good Day to Die Hard - $25,000,000
2 Identity Thief - $11,500,000
3) Safe Haven - $10,015,000
4) Escape From Planet Earth - $16,066,000
5) Warm Bodies - $9,000,000
6) Beautiful Creatures - $7,460,000
7) Side Effects - $6,307,000
8) Silver Linings Playbook - $6,088,000
9) Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - $3,470,000
10) Zero Dark Thirty - $3,100,000
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