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New "Die Hard" Wins Weekend Box Office

By Eric Volkman – Feb 19, 2013 at 10:35PM

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The Bruce Willis shoot-'em-up blasts its way to the top of the movie charts.

"A Good Day to Die Hard," the fifth and most recent installment in the durable action movie franchise, was the top box-office performer over the extended Presidents' Day weekend. The film, a fresh release distributed by News Corp's (NASDAQ: NWS) Fox, pulled in $29 million in ticket receipts.

That narrowly edged out the performance of the comedy "Identity Thief," now in its second week of release. The movie drew nearly $28 million worth of business, not far from its estimated production budget of $35 million. "Identity Thief" is distributed by Universal, a subsidiary of Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal.

In third place was the soapy "Safe Haven," the latest adaptation of a novel by popular author Nicholas Sparks. It took in $24.5 million, which combined with its Valentine's Day premiere makes for a total take of $33 million thus far. The privately held Relativity distributes the movie.

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