"A Good Day to Die Hard" cemented the fact that people love this franchise. Even if the fifth installment is the weakest of the bunch, the film opened strong with a $25 million debut from Friday to Sunday, and $33.2 million if you factor in its Valentine's Day opening Thursday. Bruce Willis returns as John McClane, only this time, he's yipee kay yaying all the way to Russia.
Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Identity Thief" starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman fell to No. 2 with $23.4 million for a box-office total of $70.7 million since it opened.
At No. 3 was the melodramatic "Safe Haven" starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation sold $21.4 million worth of box-office tickets and $30.4 since Valentine's Day.
"Escape from Planet Earth," the Weinstein Co. animated tale, debuted at No. 4 with $16.1 million. The alien adventure featured voice work from Brendan Fraser, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rob Corddry.
Not doing so well was Warner Bros. "Beautiful Creatures" which cast $7.5 million at the box-office. Starring Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich, with supporting work from Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson, and Viola Davis, "Beautiful Creatures" is the adaptation of the popular Young Adult literature by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films for weekend of Feb. 15th:
1. "A Good Day to Die Hard," $25 million ($61.5 million international).
2. "Identity Thief," $23.4 million ($180,000 international).
3. "Safe Haven," $21.4 million ($2.6 million international).
4. "Escape from Planet Earth," $16.1 million.
5. "Warm Bodies," $9 million ($4.9 million international).
6. "Beautiful Creatures," $7.5 million ($5.4 million international).
7. "Side Effects," $6.3 million.
8. "Silver Linings Playbook," $6.1 million ($6.5 million international).
9. "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters," $3.5 million ($9.5 million international).
10. "Zero Dark Thirty," $3.1 million ($2.9 million international).
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“Twilight” gave us vampires and werewolves, “Warm Bodies” brought us zombies, and now, witches or casters are in the forefront in the new supernatural love story “Beautiful Creatures” from the novel by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Starring Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich, the film boasts past Oscar contenders and winners including Jeremy Irons (“Reversal of Fortune”), Emma Thompson (“Howard’s End”), and Viola Davis (“The Help”). From writer/director Richard LaGravenese (“P.S. I Love You,” “Freedom Writers”), will “Beautiful Creatures” cast a spell on you? Watch my movie review of “Beautiful Creatures.”
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“Beautiful Creatures” works for me because of the great chemistry between our main leads, Alice Englert (Lena Duchannes) and Alden Ehrenreich (Ethan Wate). Both actors, relatively new, were able to create palpable chemistry necessary for a supernatural love story to work. I was very happy to meet them, heck, even Alice (her mom is the great Jane Campion by the way) called me “adorable.” HA! In this interview, we talked about:
• I told Alice I love her mom, and to Alden that he has a “drooling charm” (a phrase I stole from the movie)
• What attracted them to their roles?
• How they created chemistry?
• His famous line – Leo does not have to die in “Titanic”
• If I have a magic wand and I told them they could see the future, what would it be?
• What do they want audiences to feel after watching “Beautiful Creatures”
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I love Viola Davis! She’s smart and fun and a talented, really talented actress! In the new film “Beautiful Creatures,” Davis stars as Amma, the mysterious librarian who takes care of our hero (Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan). But she also holds a deep, dark secret. In this interview, we talked about:
• What attracted her to making “Beautiful Creatures”
• Her scenes with Jeremy Irons
• The film’s message about the power of literature
• The film deals with the past
• It’s about claiming yourself!
• Doe she believe in the supernatural?
• If she could see her future, what would it be?
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I can listen to Jeremy Irons forever! The voice of Scar in “The Lion King” (yes!) has a very commanding presence and stature and yes, a soothing voice. Plus, he’s a respected actor having won an Oscar in 1991 for “Reversal of Fortune.” In “Beautiful Creatures,” Irons stars as Macon Ravenwood, our heroine’s (Alice Englert as Lena Duchannes) mysterious uncle. No, he will not win an Oscar for the role, but he certainly adds gravitas to the project. In this interview, we talked about:
• What made him want to join the cast of “Beautiful Creatures”
• His character’s outfits are fantastic!
• The power of literature
• What attracted him to his character Macon?
• Like his character, does Irons like Google and technology?
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