Weekend Box Office: THE LEGO MOVIE Clicks with Giant $69.1 Million Debut; THE MONUMENTS MEN in Second with $22.7 Million

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It was clear that The LEGO Movie was going to be big, but ‘big’ in February usually means something different than at other times of the year.  Most projections had the animated film opening between $45 and $60 million.  Instead, the big screen debut of the classic toy brand earned an estimated $69.1 million from 3,775 locations.  That counts as big in any month, and stands as one of the best openings ever for an original animated feature.  The Monuments Men and Vampire Academy were also new this weekend, though only the former ended up successfully counterprogramming the LEGO juggernaut.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The LEGO Movie $69,110,000 $69.1
2.  The Monuments Men $22,700,000 $22.7
3.  Ride Along $9,400,000 $105.1
4.  Frozen $6,914,000 $368.6
5.  That Awkward Moment $5,400,000 $16.8
6.  Lone Survivor $5,300,000 $112.5
7.  Vampire Academy $4,100,000 $4.1
8.  The Nut Job $3,809,000 $55
9.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $3,600,000 $44.4
10.  Labor Day $3,230,000 $10.1

the-lego-movie-poster-finalAfter a couple of slow weeks, the domestic box office was due for a big win, provided the right movie came along.  By all accounts, The LEGO Movie was that right movie.  Based on the venerable toy property, the film had a broader appeal than most family-oriented animated features – if the number of people who have continued building with LEGO well into adulthood is any indication.  The LEGO Movie also received fantastic reviews, hitting 96% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.  In the world of animation, that’s a level of praise usually reserved for Pixar films alone.  Frozen, for example, only reached 62%,  while Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax was ranked at 54%.

The LEGO Movie is now 2014’s highest debut by a considerable margin.  It also comes in as the second-highest February debut of all time, behind the $83.8 million of The Passion of the Christ.  In terms of animated features, this morning’s LEGO estimate is among the best openings ever for an original (re: non-sequel) title.  The all-time record belongs to The Simpsons Movie, which debuted to $74 million in the summer of 2007.  Like The LEGO Movie, The Simpsons also appealed to adults and was a hit with critics (90% on Rotten Tomatoes).  Unlike The LEGO Movie, The Simpsons featured standard 2D animation.  With LEGO’s 3D surcharge and the global popularity of its brand, the movie should top the $527 worldwide gross of The Simpsons by the end of its run.

the-monuments-men-posterWhen viewed next to The LEGO Movie, the $22.7 million of The Monuments Men looks a bit underwhelming.   But on the contrary, the Sony release performed better than expected in its debut.  By now you probably know that the film, co-written, directed and starring George Clooney, was supposed to be released last December.  The decision to postpone took the period drama out of the Oscar race, which seemed like a rmoot point once the critics weighed in.  The Monuments Men currently ranks 30% on Rotten Tomatoes.  With that in mind, Sony claimed it was expecting about $18 million this weekend.  The film has a reported budget of $70 million, so it has a ways to go before it is profitable.  Still, for a film with such poor word of mouth, this weekend’s opening has to be seen as a win.

This weekend’s final new release could not even claim the modest victory of The Monuments Men.  Vampire Academy is the latest film to try to capture a piece of the Twilight audience, and the latest film to fail miserably.  From 2,676 locations, Vampire Academy took in just $4.1 million this weekend, falling short of its very modest $10 million goal.  That is the lowest debut of any feature so far this year, including last weekend’s Labor Day.  Compared to other young-adult misfires, Vampire Academy also looks shabby, opening below the 2013 flops Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

This weekend’s overall box office was up over 55% from last year, when Identity Thief opened with $34.5 million.  Next weekend should also show a significant increase over 2013, provided The LEGO Movie lives up to its promise.  Four new releases will open over the Presidents Day/Valentine’s Day frame.  Among them, About Last Night has the best shot at topping $30 million (provided audiences have not overdosed on Kevin Hart post-Ride Along).  The Robocop reboot, which opens next Wednesday, is expected to open to about $25 million, with Endless Love and Winter’s Tale each falling between $10-$15 million.

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  • Mezmero

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    • Rick Dane

      They did, did you see Warm Bodies?

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Vampire academy bombs, hoping that divergent is next on the casualty list

    My life will be complete once divergent bombs and Woodley dissapears

    Edit: I don’t find her attractive

    • yrulaughing

      Woodley isn’t “ugly”, she’s reasonably attractive, though I agree with those who argue she isn’t enough to play MJ

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        Yeah
        I have higher standard than you then
        Yeah I agree she can’t play MJ
        Her face fits in more comedic role
        I can’t see her being the it girl that someone would go for or you could base a movie around

      • mixedkidmonkey

        mmmm damn right tyrone, remember when we watching precious. dat gaborey sidibe chick, soooo fine. i remember u told me u can put yo face in dat ass for days. haahaha

      • Sebastian Rooks

        Please…Die…again.

      • mixedkidmonkey

        who u talkin 2 cracka?

      • Sebastian Rooks
      • mixedkidmonkey

        “wah wah wah wah please die” now you post a stupid gif. god you suck at the internet. lol fagggggot

      • Mezmero

        They must not know how to play the field lmao she really looks like side chick not a main thang. She right to pipe tho.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        ^^^
        Somebody get it

    • Steven

      You’re a twat.

    • DoobieDave

      wow, you are a dick.

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        Yeah I was harsh
        I should have worded my post differently
        That was mean
        I feel bad

      • mixedkidmonkey

        damn nigggg why u apulgizin 4?

    • louie jonze

      Damn man, that’s harsh

      • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

        I’m sorry
        She doesn’t do it for me
        Her face is so… not right so is her acting
        I didn’t like the descendents and I’m wondering if I should watch the spectacular now
        Maybe my opinion will change

    • mixedkidmonkey

      yahhh woodley is nuthing comapred to omarosa from aprentice, thats a real woemn. mmmmm mmmmm gooood!!!!

  • guest

    I’m pretty sure Frozen is at 89% on Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/frozen_2013/

    • João Paulo

      Exactly.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      And “rmoot” isn’t a word. Who edited this post? And where did they come up with the 62%

      …and why did someone dislike your purely factual comment? The world is strange to me.

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      Came here to post that. :) Where did that 62% come from I wonder?

      • Ben Riddle

        There is a 2010 movie also titles Frozen at 62%, he must of mistakenly glanced at its score.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        That’s the part which bothers me. How do you write for a movie blog which is reposted on Rotten Tomatoes and make that kind of mistake? A bunch of us in the comment section read that number and knew it was bogus.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    I’m also quite surprised at the monuments men
    I was sure it would flop
    Will it have legs now is the question ?
    Is it me or George Clooney is learning in reverse ?
    His movies that he directs become less and less impressive

    • mixedkidmonkey

      dawg dehent u say dat madea shud of playd cloonee’s charecter?

  • Sean

    Frozen didn’t score 62% on Rotten Tomatoes. It has 89%. A wide difference. Please check your numbers.

    • The Flobbit

      He confused Disney’s Frozen with a low-budget thriller Frozen that came out some time earlier.

  • The Flobbit

    In other news, there is no way that Robocop is going to hit 25 mil that soon.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    That’s awesome for the Lego movie. Those directors are really making a name for themselves. Now I really can’t wait for 22 Jump Street.
    If Robocop can stay on the positive end for reviews (at least 50% or higher) that have been slowly coming in then I think it’ll get close to the $30 it is projected to get. Even some of the negative reviews that have come in are still positive saying that the film is better than it has a right to be. At this point my guess is leaning towards the lower $20M as the Total Recall remake has left a really nasty taste in most people’s mouths – “All gloss and no substance” and usually the bad reviews come in later. Trying to remake a Verhoeven film is almost impossible as most people actually miss the point of what he was trying to do in the 1st place – glorifed violence/gore w a satirical underlying tone.

    • Rick Dane

      Like anyone going to see this movie knows who Verhoeven even is. They know who Robocop is.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        You’re right. But people know who Robocop is because of Verhoeven’s style. A style that many people have tried to replicate but w no success – see inferior sequels and Total Recall remake for references.

      • Rick Dane

        All they knew about Total Recall was that it was an old Arnold Schwartznegger movie. Nothing more.

  • caribouwho

    3D surcharge. EZ munny.

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