02/16/2013 01:30 pm ET Updated Feb 17, 2013

Weekend Box Office: 'Die Hard' Takes A Quick Lead, 'Safe Haven' Close Behind

It was a good day for "Die Hard" as the action film opened to an early lead on Friday. Starring Bruce WIllis and Jai Courtney, "A Good Day to Die Hard" made $7.2 million across 3,553 theaters on Friday. The fifth installment in the "Die Hard" franchise has made $15.5 million since its Feb. 14 release. While it has been largely panned by critics, "A Good Day to Die Hard" received a CinemaScore of B+ from moviegoers.

The latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation "Safe Haven" took a close second. Starring Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, the romance made $7.2 million at 3,223 theaters on Friday. "Safe Haven" has grossed $15.98 million since its Valentine's Day release. The film is an adaptation of Sparks' 2012 novel of the same name.

Comedy "Identity Thief" continued its successful box office run, nabbing the number three spot. The Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy movie made $6.5 million across 3,165 theaters on Friday. It has reached a total of $53.8 million since its Feb. 8 release.

Also opening this week was animated flick "Escape from Planet Earth." The children's movie opened Friday to $3.7 million across 3,288 theaters. The film features the voices of Brendan Fraser, Sofia Vergara, Ricky Gervais, Jessica Alba, and Sarah Jessica Parker, among others.

Rounding out the top five for Friday was zombie movie "Warm Bodies." The romantic comedy started the weekend grossing $2.6 million at 2,897 theaters. Starring Nicholas Hoult, "Warm Bodies" has reached a total domestic gross of $43.8 million since it was released on Feb. 1.

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