By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox, Variety.
Live Free or Die Hard
Live Free or Die Hard has come out swinging. The action-fest opened to $9.1 million Wednesday, giving the film some momentum to take into the weekend.
Opening Box Office to Live Free or Die Hard
The $9.1 million makes Live Free or Die Hard Willis' best first-day opening for a live-action pic since Michael Bay's Armageddon; which took in a little more at $9.7 million. Armageddon, however, had an advantage as it opened during the Fourth of July holiday.
There is still much to celebrate, however, as Live Free made more on its first day than any of the previous Die Hard installments.
Fox execs claim that exit polls for Live Free or Die Hard are the strongest they've seen for one of their films in recent memory. The film, which takes the franchise far beyond over-the-top, has picked up a younger audience while still attracting the older moviegoers who fell in love with the franchise back in the '80s.
Live Free or Die Hard will have to take on Ratatouille for the top spot this weekend. Sicko will also hit theaters, but The Weinstein Company is trying to build up some hype with a semi-limited release.
Fox is hoping to earn as much as possible at the box office with Live Free or Die Hard before July 2nd. By that time Transformers will likely step in as the top action romp.