- Die Hard has made a comeback at the box office, proving once again that it is one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time.
- Bruce Willis’ iconic role as John McClane continues to captivate audiences, even after his retirement from the industry.
- Die Hard‘s success at the box office reminds us of the enduring legacy of Bruce Willis and his contribution to action movie history.
Die Hard is a Christmas movie…at least that is what December cinema audiences have made clear. The 35-year-old Bruce Willis action blockbuster returned to the big screens in a limited release, and it brought in a yippie-ki-yay worthy gross of just under $1 million.
Perhaps it could be fans wanting to relive Bruce Willis’ most iconic role following the actor’s retirement from the industry following his asphasia diagnosis back in March 2022. Or it could simply be that Die Hard is one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time. Regardless of the why, Die Hard has proven to be a box office hit once again, taking a total of $923,000 over the weekend, and out-performing several recent releases in the process.
- Release Date
- July 15, 1988
Originally released back in 1988, Bruce Willis’ John McClane became an instant icon of action movies, with his bloodied vest and sarcastic attitude towards being caught up in a high-rise full of terrorists. Despite having a lowly $28 million budget, the film grossed $140 million on its release, securing a place as one of the highest grossing movies of the year.
While there is a continuous debate over the status of Die Hard as a Christmas movie, you will always find it joining more traditional festive movies in network schedules over the holiday period for good reason. Taking place on Christmas Eve, McClane intends to pay a visit to his estranged wife at her office in the Nakatomi Plaza, but his plans head south when a terrorist group led by Alan Rickman’s Hans Gruber take over the building in a daring heist to steal bearer bonds. Obviously, like every action hero of the decade, McClane becomes a one-man army, taking out the group one at a time until he faces off with Gruber in one of the most iconic scenes in action movie history.
Bruce Willis’ Legacy Will Always Come Back to Die Hard
Following the announcement of his retirement last year, in February, the actor’s family updated his fans with the news that he had been officially diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. While the news drew a wave of support and love from both Willis’ fans and former costars, it brought home the realization that the actor’s catalog of movies had now become his legacy.
In the last two years of his career, Willis produced more than 20 direct to video movies, having decided to give his all in the short time he had before having to retire due to his worsening condition. Despite many of these movies being dealt a harsh blow by critics, they will stand alongside Willis’ previous work as part of a history of movies that many actors could only wish to have been part of.
Over his five-decade career, Willis delivered some unforgettable performances, from Butch Coolidge in Pulp Fiction, through Malcolm Crowe in The Sixth Sense, to John Hartigan in Sin City and Mr. Church in The Expendables. However, it is always John McClane and the Die Hard franchise that fans will come back to time and time again.
For those who did not catch Die Hard on the big screen this weekend, the Die Hard collection is currently available to stream on Hulu in the U.S. and on Disney+ in other territories.