It was a surprisingly good weekend to be Bruce Willis. The fifth film in the "Die Hard" series, despite atrocious reviews and a TomatoMeter reading of 16 percent, won the holiday box office by a nose with $29.3 million, over the returning champions of Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in "Identity Thief," which took in $27.8 million.
Two other debuts performed moderately well. The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, "Safe Haven," and the animated family film "Escape from Planet Earth" came in third and fourth place, respectively. The romance starring Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough grabbed $25 million, with "Escape" taking in $21 million.
The biggest disappointment of the weekend goes to the YA newbie, "Beautiful Creatures." The adaptation only managed to scrounge up $8.9 million. The take will likely put any plans to continue adapting the book series by authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl on hold.
Head over to MTV News for you full box office report.
By Joel Hanek
Valentine's Day is here — and that means you're probably out with your loved one seeing "A Good Day to Die Hard." Go and do that, and then come back and watch the next most romantic thing: the latest MTV After Hours with the stars of "Safe Haven."
MTV Movies correspondent Josh Horowitz goes straight to the source on romantic tips when he chats with Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough on the best advice for making Valentine's Day all the more special. Julianne recommends promising not to cut off your loved one's penis, while Josh Duhamel may or may not be wearing a gimp suit at some point. Happy Valentine's Day!
See it all in the latest episode of "After Hours"!
FROM NEXT MOVIE
Every movie from the mind of Nicholas Sparks follows the same tried and true pattern, yet audiences keep eating up the tales of romance and eventual tragic death. At some point, you've just got to give the guy credit for patenting his own style of romance hit-making.
But the folks over Next Movie have cracked the Sparks code and are sharing it with the entire world. Nicholas Spark Mad Libs give everyone the opportunity to fashion their own yarn about a down-on-his-luck writer during the 2008 market crash or a aspiring guitarist coping with the loss of her best friend, a pet pig.
Clip past the jump to make your very own Nicholas Sparks movie!