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411 Box Office Report: The LEGO Movie Blows Competition Away For #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.09.2014

Everything was awesome at the box office this weekend, as The LEGO Movie dominated to easily claim the #1 spot. The film opened huge at #1 with $69.1 million. The number blew Warner Bros.' estimates away, as internal tracking had the film placing in the high forties for the weekend. The movie was a hit with both critics and fans, with a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an A CinemaScore which suggests it will have a long run at the box office. The movie averaged $18,307 from 3,775 theaters and is guaranteed to be a huge hit at this point. It added $18.1 million overseas for a worldwide total of $87.2 million. The movie's budget was $60 million, which is modest for an animated film to guarantee an even higher take for the studio.

Coming in at #2 was George Clooney's The Monuments Men. The war drama survived negative reviews from critics and brought in $22.7 million, which is pretty good considering the mid-high teens that Sony was predicting. The film averaged $7,363 from 3,083 theaters and with a good B+ CinemaScore it should see fairly solid drops along with a strong international gross thanks to its high-profile stars. The film had a budget of $70 million.

The two new big openings sent Ride Along out of the #1 spot, pushing it down two to #3 with $9.4 million. That's still a solid drop, falling just 22%. The Kevin Hart/Ice Cube buddy comedy is now the first film released in 2014 to hit triple digits, totaling $105.2 domestically and $107.7 million worldwide. The budget was just $25 million.

Disney's Frozen also slipped two spots, down to #4 in its twelfth week with $6.9 million. The film has now $368.8 million domestically and $913.8 million worldwide on a budget of $150 million. It is the fifth-highest grossing animated film of all-time and twenty-fifth-highest grossing film domestically, with a definite shot at hitting the top twenty.

The R-rated comedy That Awkward Moment was also down two, finishing at #5 in its second weekend with $5.5 million. The film had a decent drop from last weekend, falling 37% which is solid (if not spectacular) for a comedy. The film has now grossed $16.8 million from a budget of $8 million.

Mark Wahlberg's Lone Survivor continued its impressive run, slipping just one spot to #6 in its fifth week with $5.3 million. The film has now grossed $112.6 million thus far from a budget of $40 million.

Dead on arrival at #7 was Vampire Academy, as Hollywood once again proved it can't manage to recapture the Twilight magic (or money). The young adult-oriented supernatural-themed film brought in an anemic $4.1 million, not even half what the Weinstein Company was hoping for. The film bombed with critics and audiences were unimpressed, with a mediocre B- CinemaScore indicating that even those who came in to see it weren't too happy. That suggests that word of mouth will be less than enthusiastic. The film was well below the openings of other similarly-marketed films over the past couple of years such as The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones ($9.3 million), The Host ($10.6 million) and Beautiful Creatures ($7.6 million), all of which were considered failures. The film's budget isn't known, but it is unlikely to be recouped at this point.

The Nut Job finally fell off, dropping four spots to #8 with $3.8 million. The 3D animated film has now brought in $55.1 million domestically and $58 million worldwide. The budget was $42 million.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was down three places in its fourth weekend, finishing at #9 with $3.6 million. Despite a poor opening start, this one may be profitable for Paramount after all; the film has now brought in $44.5 million domestically and $114.5 million worldwide on a $60 million budget.

Finally, Jason Reitman's Labor Day was down three places to #10 in its second weekend, bringing in $3.2 million. The film was down 32%, which is pretty good for a drama and may take some of the sting out of the low opening weekend. The film has brought in $10.2 million from a budget of $18 million.

The weekend box office tally was $151.2 million, up a huge 45% from last year's take of $104.2 million that was led by Identity Thief's $34.6 million bow.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film's grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. The LEGO Movie - $69.1 million ($69.1 million total)
2. The Monuments Men - $22.7 million ($22.7 million total)
3. Ride Along - $9.4 million ($105.2 million total)
4. Frozen - $6.9 million ($368.7 million total)
5. That Awkward Moment - $5.5 million ($16.8 million total)
6. Lone Survivor - $5.3 million ($112.6 million total)
7. Vampire Academy - $4.1 million ($4.1 million total)
8. The Nut Job - $3.8 million ($55.1 million total)
9. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - $3.6 million ($44.5 million total)
10. Labor Day - $3.2 million ($10.2 million total)


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