Either way, the weekend's other three nationwide debuts won't stand a chance at securing the No. 1 position. Romance author Nicholas Sparks' eighth film adaptation, "Safe Haven," will probably collect about $25 million during its first five days in theaters -- a good start for a film that cost less than one-third as much to make as the fifth "Die Hard."
Another film aimed at young women,
"A Good Day to Die Hard," financed by Fox for about $92 million, follows Willis' John McClane character as he teams up with his long-estranged
The highest-grossing film in the franchise, "Live Free or Die Hard," started off with $33.4 million in June 2007 and went on to collect $134.5 million domestically. That movie also sold about 65% of its total global gross -- $383.5 million -- overseas. The latest "Die Hard" has already debuted in seven foreign markets, including South Korea and Hong Kong, and collected a total of $10.4 million.
"Safe Haven" has received the worst reviews of any of the weekend's debuts: On Thursday afternoon, the picture had notched a 10% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, just slightly lower than the 13% that "Die Hard" received. The Sparks movie stars
Movies based on Sparks' best-selling novels have proven to be reliable box office performers in recent years. With modest budgets of no more than $30 million, the romance flicks have consistently attracted females and performed especially well over the Valentine's Day holiday. The biggest Sparks adaptation to date has been
"Beautiful Creatures," meanwhile, is hoping to capitalize on the younger female demographic as well. The movie, financed by
The movie, which features a handful of unknown young actors, follows a teenage girl whose supernatural powers threaten her budding romance with a South Carolina native. The movie has a critically acclaimed supporting cast including
The picture is also the subject of an ongoing lawsuit, as its writer-director Tony Leech and film producer Brian Inerfeld sued The Weinstein Co. claiming that the independent studio's founders, Bob and