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It was a good weekend for Bruce Willis.
A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth installment of the action franchise, eeked out a first place finish over the long weekend with $37.5 million, barely beating out last week's winner, Identity Thief, starring Melissa McCarthy and T.I.
The popcorn flick, in which Willis reprises his breakthrough role, has fared much better than other muscle-powered films of late, including Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand and Sylvester Stallone's Bullet to the Head.
Nicholas Sparks' romantic tear-jerker Safe Haven, starring Julianna Hough and Fergie's baby daddy Josh Duhamel, swooped into third place, stealing the thunder from Beautiful Creatures, which was also counting on the young female audience. Beautiful Creatures, starring Viola Davis, performed dismally with $11.5 million over five days, barely reaching sixth place on the box office charts.
Of this Sunday's Oscar contenders only Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty are still in the top ten.
Next week is a veritable parade of no-name, borderline B-movies (21 and Over, The Last Exorcism Part II) at the box office, while many big releases, such as Oz the Great and Powerful and G.I. Joe: Retaliation are waiting until after the Oscars to open.
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