Weekend Box Office: Lots of Love for “LEGO Movie” Over Holiday Weekend

"The LEGO Movie" (2014) - Weekend Box Office

by Matt Marshall

On Friday, The LEGO Movie and About Last Night fought neck and neck for the top spot this weekend. But in the end, it was Emmet, Wyldstyle and the rest of the mini figures who came out on top. In its second weekend, The LEGO Movie towered over the competition with an estimated $48.8 million. The animated film has reached nearly $130 million after 10 days.

About Last Night starring Kevin Hart claimed second place. The first of four newcomers opened to $27.0 million over the three-day frame. Nearly $13 million of its gross was from Valentine’s Day on Friday. RoboCop finished the congested weekend in third with a $21.5 million total. The sci-fi remake currently stands at $26.4 million with $5 million from its mid-week haul.

George Clooney’s World War II drama, The Monuments Men slipped from second to fourth. The film pulled in another $15.0 million in its second weekend. New release, Endless Love closed out the Top 5 with a $13.4 million debut. Winter’s Tale starring Colin Farrell placed seventh for its opening haul.

Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.

#1 – The LEGO Movie (NR)
$48.8 million / $129.1 million total

After two weeks, audiences are still in love with The LEGO Movie. Modest dailies had the family film pegged for a $35-40 million weekend. But with two holidays to bookend the long weekend, it was the perfect opportunity for families to hit up the top movie. Don’t expect Emmet and Wyldstyle to fall off the charts anytime soon. A third trip to the top spot next weekend is highly possible. The LEGO Movie faces no direct competition until DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody and Sherman in early March.

#2 – About Last Night (NR)
$27.0 million / $27.0 million total

On Friday it seemed that The LEGO Movie could be knocked off the top spot. Estimates projected the Kevin Hart film $40,000 ahead of The LEGO Movie. With Valentine’s Day over, About Last Night dropped 38% on Saturday with another 26% on Sunday. About Last Night is certainly another success for Hart after last month’s Ride Along. It just lacks the staying power in the coming weeks.

#3 – RoboCop (NR)
$21.5 million / $26.4 million total

Avoiding the mushy trifecta of romance films, RoboCop broke out of the gate two days early. Its $5 million haul from Wednesday and Thursday wasn’t too promising. Fortunately, the weekend saved the remake from disappointment. RoboCop opened a few million shy of 2012 remake Total Recall. Granted Recall also opened in summer and on a Friday. A $50-60 million finish on par with Total Recall is likely.

#4 – The Monuments Men (2)
$15.0 million / $43.7 million total

Ten days in theaters and The Monuments Men is already George Clooney’s highest grossing film as a director. On the acting side, it’s still a far cry from Gravity’s $267.9 million run. With minimal competition in the coming weeks, The Monuments Men should remain steady at the box office. A finish around $80 million should not be ruled out. 

#5 – Endless Love (NR)
$13.4 million / $13.4 million total

Like About Last Night, Endless Love reaped the rewards of Valentine’s Day viewings. This remake of the 1981 film pulled in over half of its weekend sales on Friday. Its 53% crash from Friday to Saturday is the fifth largest in that period. Only The Ringer, Street Fighter, One Direction: This is Us and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 fell harder.

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Source: Box Office Mojo

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Matt Marshall is a YouTube movie reviewer who hosts MNMreviews. He has a B.A. in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College and resides in Rochester, NY.

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