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Willis' new 'Die Hard' scores with US$25 mil. debut

LOS ANGELES--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 US$25 million debut from Friday to Sunday. The 20th Century Fox release raised its domestic total to US$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 No. 1 movie, Universal's comedy “Identity Thief” starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, was a close second with US$23.4 million to lift its haul to US$70.7 million.

Debuting at No. 3 with US$21.4 million was Relativity Media's romance “Safe Haven,” starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel in an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel about a woman who flees her abusive husband and takes up with a sensitive widower. Since opening on Valentine's Day, “Safe Haven” has taken in US$30.3 million.

The Weinstein Co. animated tale “Escape from Planet Earth” opened at No. 4 with US$16.1 million. With a voice cast that includes Brendan Fraser, Jessica Alba, Sarah Jessica Parker and Rob Corddry, the movie follows the adventures of aliens captured by the U.S. military.

Making a weak debut at No. 6 was the Warner Bros. teen fantasy “Beautiful Creatures,” which pulled in US$7.5 million for the weekend and US$10 million since opening Thursday. The movie is based on the first in the best-selling series about a Southern misfit (Alden Ehrenreich) who falls under the spell of a teen witch (Alice Englert).

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