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Saturday 2 August 2014

Willis' Die Hard film No 1 in US

Bruce Willis arriving for the UK film premiere of A Good Day To Die Hard, at the Empire Leicester Square in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 7, 2013. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Bruce Willis's latest Die Hard movie has topped the box office in the US.

The star's new outing as John McClane - A Good Day To Die Hard - debuted as the weekend's top draw with a 25 million dollar debut from Friday to Sunday.

The 20th Century Fox release raised its domestic total to 33.2 million since opening on Thursday for Valentine's Day.

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 centred on Bruce's relentless New York City cop.

The previous weekend's No 1 movie, Universal's comedy Identity Thief, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, was a close second with 23.4 million to lift its haul to 70.7 million dollars.

Debuting at No 3 with 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, the movie has taken in 30.3 million dollars.

Animated tale Escape From Planet Earth opened in fourth place with 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 US military.

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