Speaking of which, Die Hard 5 dropped 59% this weekend for a $10 million second weekend and a $51 million domestic total. It won't reach $75 million, which would be a disaster (even Tom Cruise's "disappointment" Jack Reacher hit $80 million domestic and $200 million worldwide on a $60 million budget) if not for strong overseas numbers. It's at $184 million worldwide right now and should coast to $250-$300 million global on a $92 million budget. That's mediocre for a once dominant global action franchise (Die Hard movies used to gross $350 million worldwide when that *meant something*!), but no one will lose their shirt over it, merely their pride and credibility. As I noted last weekend, the artistic failure of Die Hard 5 meant that Identity Thief became the de-facto 'second choice' for older moviegoers, something that paid off this weekend as it climbed to the top of the box office again. Now rank aside (because rank is ultimately meaningless), the film dropped a not-great 40%, but still pulled in $14 million and ended the third frame with $93 million. The $35 million Universal production will cross $100 million before the weekend and is another huge win for Universal in 2013. Mama just crossed $70 million domestic, an astonishing number for an original supernatural horror film. It's already the 10th biggest supernatural horror film even that's not a remake, sequel, or adaptation. Oh and last December's Les Miserables has $379 million worldwide, with a surefire Oscar win for Anne Hathaway set for tonight. With Fast and Furious 6 looking like a contender for $800-$1 billion worldwide this summer (you heard it here first...), Universal is doing very well.
Escape From Planet Earth held up well in weekend two, earning $11 million (-30%) and totaling $35 million on account of their being NOTHING ELSE FOR CHILDREN TO SEE RIGHT NOW!!! My five year old daughter is so desperate to see a movie ("There aren't any more kids' movies!") that I'm almost tempted to take her to Jack the Giant Slayer next weekend and hope that its PG-13 rating is just a bluff. Save Haven dropped 50% but still pulled in a $48 million cume, putting it on path to surpass the usual $62 million Nicholas Sparks average of late, with a solid chance of hitting $80 million ala Dear John and The Notebook. In Oscar news, Django Unchained has $380 million worldwide while Silver Linings Playbook has $107 domestic and Zero Dark Thirty has $91 million domestic. Wreck It Ralph has $426 million worldwide while Frankenweenie did surprisingly not catch fire overseas, ending with just $67 million worldwide. In below the radar news, Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, Quartet has slowly grossed $8.9 million after seven weeks of limited play. Also, Parental Guidance crossed $75 million this weekend while that arthouse sensation The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped $300 million domestic just today. It also opened in China this weekend, so with a worldwide cume of $980 million, it should squeak over the $1 billion worldwide mark after all.
That's it for this weekend. Join us next time for Jack the Giant Slayer, 21 and Over, Phantoms, and The Last Exorcism part II. Until then, enjoy the Oscars!