B.O. Roundup, February 14-16: 'The Lego Movie' Holds Off Romances and Remakes

Sunday, 16 February 2014 10:33 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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B.O. Roundup, February 14-16: 'The Lego Movie' Holds Off Romances and Remakes

This year, romance was spelled L.E.G.O.

Even with three eighties remakes and one misguided novel adaptation seeking to take advantage of the holiday weekend, The Lego Movie once again topped the domestic box office.

Of the new releases, About Last Night fared best, while RoboCop couldn't quite find too many moviegoers who'd buy that for a dollar, Endless Love proved somewhat limited, and Winter's Tale failed to attract riders for its winged horse.

Last weekend, The Lego Movie debuted with the biggest haul of this young year.  With Valentine's Day falling on a Friday and Presidents' Day providing a three-day weekend for many, the marketplace got pretty crowded, but the movie based around the Danish building blocks stayed strong, losing just 29% of its audience from a week ago.

As such, The Lego Movie posted an estimated $48.8 million from 3,775 locations in the U.S. and Canada, allowing the film to breeze past the $100 million mark, bringing its ten-day total to $129.1 million.

About Last Night, a remake of the 1986 Brat Pack rom-com itself based on the play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, opened big with an estimated $27 million from 2,253 locations.  That's well over the $25 million that Sony Pictures was projecting for the remake and pretty nicely justifies About Last Night's sensible $12.5 million production budget.  It's also a testament to the bankability of Kevin Hart, whose buddy cop comedy Ride Along has earned $116.1 million and is sticking around the top ten at number six.

In third place is RoboCop, the remake of Paul Verhoeven's brilliant 1987 satire.  The remake, which marks the English-language debut of director Jose Padilha, brought in an estimated $21.5 million over the weekend proper, and since Sony got a head start by dropping the robo-remake on Wednesday, RoboCop's total is now $26.4 million.

Endless Love, meanwhile, attempted to capitalize on the holiday by offering up a remake of a 1981 drama notable mostly for introducing the song of the same name by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross.  The new version, which pairs attractive people Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde, opened in fifth place to an estimated $13.3 million from 2,896 theaters.  Valentine's Day meant a quick burn for Endless Love, as the film earned $7.3 million of that total on Friday.

Finally, there's Winter's Tale, a critically-eviscerated adaptation of Mark Helprin's 1983 humdinger of a novel.  The schmaltzy, streamlined directorial debut of Akiva Goldsman collected an estimated $7.7 million from 2,965 theaters.  The attempt to bring magical realism to the screen wasn't expected to have much box office pull, and expectations were met.

Overall, this double-holiday frame was up 24% from the same weekend last year and marked the biggest Presidents' Day weekend since 2010.

Here's the rundown:

1. The Lego Movie..........................$48.8 million..............$129.1 million

2. About Last Night........................$27.0 million..............New Release

3. RoboCop.....................................$21.5 million..............$26.4 million

4. The Monuments Men..................$15.0 million..............$43.6 million

5. Endless Love...............................$13.3 million..............New Release

6. Ride Along..................................$8.7 million...............$116.1 million

7. Winter's Tale..............................$7.7 million................New Release

8. Frozen........................................$5.8 million................$376.0 million

9. Lone Survivor............................$4.0 million................$118.4 million

10. That Awkward Moment..........$3.3 million................$21.4 million

Next weekend, Kevin Costner goes on the warpath in 3 Days to Kill and a volcanic explosion goes 3D in Pompeii.



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