Bruce Willis' new Die Hard scores $25M debut
Bruce Willis remains a die-hard at the box office.
Willis' action sequel A Good Day to Die Hard debuted as the weekend's top draw with a $25 million debut from Friday to Sunday. The 20th Century Fox release raised its domestic total to $33.2 million since opening Thursday for Valentine's Day to get a jump on the long President's Day weekend.
The movie comes 25 years after the original Die Hard and six years after Live Free or Die Hard, the hit that resurrected the franchise centered on Willis' relentless New York City cop John McClane.
The previous weekend's number one movie, Universal's comedy Identity Thief starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, was a close second with $23.4 million to lift its haul to $70.7 million.
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He’s thwarted terrorists, come face-to-face with his younger self, and - spoiler alert- stopped an asteroid from obliterating Earth. There doesn't seem to much that Bruce Willis can’t do.
A popular television star the 80s in “Moonlighting”, Willis parlayed his small screen charm to the big screen in the first Die Hard film, cementing John McClane as one of cinema’s greatest and ever-lasting heroes. After several, ahem, box office bombs including the too-bad-to-be-good Hudson Hawk (Seriously, It’s even hard to love that movie ironically), Willis had a career resurgence thanks to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction which also revitalized co-star John Travolta’s career. Willis’ return to fame has lasted for the past 15 years and shows no signs of diminishing.
From The Sixth Sense to Moonrise Kingdom, we just can’t get enough of Bruce Willis who is back once again as John McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard. Which Willis role is your favourite? Cast your vote in our poll on the next page!
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Bruce Willis is back as the iconic John McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard, opening in Cineplex theatres on February 14th. The fifth installment of the film franchise sees McClane travel to Russia in what he thinks is a trip to rescue his wayward son Jack (Jai Courtney). Unbeknownst to McClane Sr., Jack is an undercover CIA operative out to thwart a nuclear heist.
When father and son team up in Russia, the bad guys don’t stand a chance when they’re up against the man who defeated Hans Gruber, one of cinema’s favourite villains of the 1980s.
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