Magazine article Screen International

Die Hard Tops UK Box Office on Debut

Magazine article Screen International

Die Hard Tops UK Box Office on Debut

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Fox's latest instalment in the action franchise unseats Disney's Wreck-It Ralph with an estimated $7.6m (£4.9m) debut, including previews.

In spite of almost uniformly negative reviews, A Good Day to Die Hard has debuted top of the UK box office, unseating Wreck-It Ralph as the UK's champion after just one week.

The latest instalment in the action franchise exploded into life with an estimated $7.6m (£4.9m) opening, including previews, on par with that of the previous best in the series, Die Hard 4.0's $7.7m (£5m). It's worth noting that A Good Day to Die Hard achieved its debut from four days, compared to 4.0's five-day opening in 2007.

In comparison to recent fifth instalments, A Good Day to Die Hard is just behind Fast Five, which opened with $8.3m (£5.3m) in 2011 also from a four-day weekend, before going on to take a series-best $28.7m (£18.5m).

Die Hard 4.0 is the series' strongest UK performer at $21.5m (£13.9m) and with A Good Day to Die Hard's much-talked about 12A certificate, the latest instalment could capitalise on the upcoming school half term to challenge 4.0's series-topping haul.

Despite falling a spot to second, Disney's Wreck-It Ralph still managed an excellent second weekend of around $5.3m (£3.4m).

That result has lifted the 3D animation, set in the world of arcade games, to a strong early $16.3m (£10.5m) tally in the UK, putting it narrowly behind The Princess and the Frog's $17.2m (£11.1m) UK result. In terms of Walt Disney Animation Studios features, Wreck-It Ralph still has the likes of Bolt ($27.8m/£17.9m) and Tangled ($31.7m/£20.5m) to catch.

The week's highest new entry belonged to Universal's This Is 40 in third.

Judd Apatow's latest feature debuted with $1.9m (£1.2m), including $492,000 (£318,000) in previews. In terms of Apatow's directorial efforts in the UK, it's a debut above that of Funny People ($1. …

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