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411 Box Office Report: The LEGO Movie Blocks Competition for Second Week At #1
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.16.2014

The Special ruled for another weekend at the box office. The LEGO Movie took the #1 spot this weekend with $48.8 million over the three-day weekend, with more expected for the four-day weekend thanks to President's Day. The film had an exceptional second weekend, dropping just 29% from its monster opening frame where even family films with powerful openings tend to drop in the 40% range. The movie has now scored $129.1 million domestically and $147.2 million worldwide thus far off of a $60 million budget. This one has a very strong shot at $250 million domestic at this point.

Settling in at #2 in its opening weekend was About Last Night. The film is the latest evidence that Kevin Hart is becoming a legitimate box office threat and is the second impressive opening for one of his films in two months following Ride Along. The movie opened at $27 million, above the low-to-mid twenties that Screen Gems was estimating, and marks the best romcom opening since Think Like a Man (which also co-starred Hart) in 2012. The film is already a success for the studio, considering the budget of just $12.5 million, and the A- CinemaScore indicates that word of mouth will be good for what should be low drops week-to-week.

Robocop came in at #3 for the weekend with $21.5 million over the three-day frame. That number might seem lackluster, but it is about what Sony was expecting and is mitigated by the fact that it opened on Wednesday. The film has been earning mixed reviews but has a B+ CinemaScore that should help it out; it averaged $6,376 from the 3,372 theaters it opened in. The film will absolutely turn a profit thanks to strong overseas grosses; in two weekends it has pulled in $69.9 million overseas for a total gross so far of $96.3 million worldwide from a budget of $100 million. Overseas grosses are likely to hit the $200 million range and so anything the domestic gross does will be profit for the studio.

George Clooney's The Monuments Men was down two spots to #4 in its second weekend, finishing with $15 million. The film had a very solid 32% drop, which is strong for a war drama. The movie has now grossed $43.7 million domestically and $52.6 million worldwide, with thirty more markets set to open overseas next week. The film had a budget of $70 million.

Coming in at #5 was Endless Love. The romantic drama was flat at $13.4 million, opening a bit below what the studio was hoping for. Part of that reason is the fact that 55% of its gross came on Friday, after which it completely collapsed. This makes it the third-most front-loaded wide release debut of all-time, behind only One Direction: This is Us last year and 2011's African Cats. The film added another $3.9 million overseas for a total of $17.3 million; its ability to turn profitable on its $20 million budget is up in the air, but the A- CinemaScore should help.

Ride Along was down three spots in its fifth weekend to #6 with $8.8 million. The Kevin Hart/Ice Cube buddy comedy has grossed a total of $116.1 domestically and $119.6 million worldwide from a $25 million budget.

Winter's Tale was stone cold dead in its opening weekend, flopping at #7 with $7.8 million. Warner Bros. was hoping for a mid-teens bow for the supernatural romantic drama, but the marketing clearly fell flat with its audience and negative reviews killed its chances. The film averaged just $2,626 from 2,965 theaters and doesn't look to be making up any ground in the coming weeks thanks to a middle-of-the-road B CinemaScore. The film's budget of $46 million is a longshot to make back.

Disney's Frozen was down four spots to #8 in its thirteenth week with $5.9 million. The film has now $376 million domestically and $955.7 million worldwide on a budget of $150 million. It is the fifth-highest grossing animated film of all-time and twenty-third highest grossing film domestically with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Finding Nemo the next that will assuredly fall to it.

Mark Wahlberg's Lone Survivor was down four spots to #9 in its sixth week with $4.1 million. The film has grossed $118.4 million thus far from a budget of $40 million.

The R-rated comedy That Awkward Moment was also down four, finishing at #10 in its third weekend with $3.3 million. The film has now grossed $21.4 million from a budget of $8 million.

The weekend box office tally was $175.3 million, up 24% from last year's three-day take of $141.2 million that was led by A Good Day to Die Hard's $24.8 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 - $48.8 million ($129.1 million total)
2. About Last Night - $27 million ($27 million total)
3. Robocop - $21.5 million ($26.4 million total)
4. The Monuments Men - $15 million ($47.7 million total)
5. Endless Love - $13.4 million ($13.4 million total)
6. Ride Along - $8.8 million ($116.1 million total)
7. Winter's Tale - $7.8 million ($7.8 million total)
8. Frozen - $5.9 million ($376 million total)
9. Lone Survivor - $4.1 million ($118.4 million total)
10. That Awkward Moment - $3.3 million ($21.4 million total)


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