B.O. Roundup, February 7-9: 'The Lego Movie' Builds 2014's Biggest Opening Yet

Sunday, 09 February 2014 12:08 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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B.O. Roundup, February 7-9: 'The Lego Movie' Builds 2014's Biggest Opening Yet

Expect a whole  lot more animated movies based on toys over the next few years, because The Lego Movie just opened big.

Danish building blocks don't just facilitate imaginative construction, it seems, as the hyperactive family film debuted with an estimated $69.1 million dollars from 3,775 locations in America and Canada.

It's only February, but that qualifies The Lego Movie as the biggest debut of 2014 so far, surpassing last month's record-setting opening of Ride Along by almost $30 million.  While Warner Bros. was expecting a robust opening for the latest from co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, predictions going into this weekend were calling for closer to $50 million.

Not only has The Lego Movie exceeded commercial expectations in its first frame, but it is also critically-lauded an loved by audiences.  The former is a bit of a surprise, simply because it's a movie based on a toy, while the latter is confirmed by CinemaScore exit polls in which moviegoers gave the film an average score of A.

With no other animated competition until March, The Lego Movie ought to hold strong for the next several weeks.

In second place this week was The Monuments Men, a WWII art-history adventure directed by and starring George Clooney, along with a whole mess of great actors.  Families and kids flocked to The Lego Movie, but adults turned out to Monuments Men, allowing the ensemble movie to gross an estimated $22.7 million from 3,083 locations.  That's the biggest opening for a Clooney directorial effort.
Clooney's latest didn't get the critical love you might expect, but audiences are apparently far fonder of The Monuments Men, which earned a B+ CinemaScore.

The weekend's only other new wide release, Vampire Academy, didn't rustle up too much business, debuting in seventh place.  The adaptation of a popular Young Adult novel earned $4.1 million from 2,676 theaters, according to estimates.  So it appears that Vampire Academy won't spawn a franchise.

Here are the top ten movies in North America and their estimated figures:

1. The Lego Movie...................................$69.1 million..............New Release

2. The Monuments Men..........................$22.7 million..............New Release

3. Ride Along...........................................$9.3 million...............$105.1 million

4. Frozen..................................................$6.9 million...............$368.6 million

5. That Awkward Moment......................$5.5 million...............$16.8 million

6. Lone Survivor......................................$5.2 million...............$112.5 million

7. Vampire Academy...............................$4.1 million...............New Release

8. The Nut Job.........................................$3.8 million...............$55.0 million

9. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit................$3.6 million...............$44.4 million

10. Labor Day...........................................$3.2 million...............$10.1 million

The week to come ought to be a busy one, with the RoboCop remake rolling out on Wednesday, followed by a trio of romantically-inclined efforts – the About Last Night remake, Endless Love, and Winter's Tale – all vying for the Valentine's Day dollar.


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