Warner Bros’ family hit The Lego Movie consolidated last weekend’s number one launch with a strong hold that relegated new arrivals About Last Night and RoboCop to second and third on the podium.
The number one film stands at $129.1m after two sessions and is well positioned as the only family fare of the top 10 until Fox releases DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman on March 7.
Hayao Miyazaki’s international animation hit The Wind Rises opens on February 21 albeit in 21 theatres.
Screen Gems’ rom-com About Last Night grossed an excellent $27m from 2,253 theatres. Kevin Hart and Regina Hall star in the production, whose budget is understood to be in the region of $12.5m.
MGM-Sony’s $100m RoboCop reboot revisits the allegorical tale of a mechanised police officer made famous by Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original. Joel Kinnaman stars and Jose Padilha directed.
The film – the number one US release internationally over the weekend – generated $4.5m from 340 IMAX screens. Nine of the top 10 and 17 of the top 20 North American engagements were IMAX sites.
The Monuments Men slipped 32% and two places to number four on $15m. After two sessions the $70m adventure directed by George Clooney stands at $43.7m.
Universal’s romance Endless Love starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde arrived in fifth place on $13.4m from 2,896 theatres, while Warner Bros’ fantasy adventure Winter’s Tale with Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay debuted at number seven on a disappointing $7.8m from 2,965 sites.
In limited release, China Lion opened Beijing Love Story day-and-date with China on $128,000 in nine sites. China Lion’s first Wanda Media release averaged $14,222.
Overall box office for the top 12 gained 15.9% against last weekend and climbed approximately 22% against the comparable session in 2013.
This week’s wide releases are the action drama Pompeii through Sony’s TriStar label and Relativity’s action thriller 3 Days To Kill with Kevin Costner.
Estimated Top 10 North America Feb 14-16 2014
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date
1 (1) The Lego Movie (Warner Bros) WBPI $48.8m $129.1m
2 (-) About Last Night (Sony-Screen Gems) SPRI $27m –
3 (-) RoboCop (MGM-Sony) SPRI-MGM $21.5m $26.4m
4 (2) The Monuments Men (Sony) Fox International $15m $43.7m
5 (-) Endless Love (Universal) UPI $13.4m –
6 (3) Ride Along (Universal) UPI $8.8m $116.1m
7 (-) Winter’s Tale (Warner Bros) WBPI $7.8m –
8 (4) Frozen (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $5.9m $376m
9 (5) Lone Survivor (Universal) Foresight Unlimited $4.1m $118.4m
10 (6) That Awkward Moment (Focus Features) QED International $3.3m $21.4m