'The LEGO Movie' Easily Holds off Four New Releases to Remain #1 with $48.8 Million

on February 16, 2014 by Daniel Garris
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There was no stopping The LEGO Movie this weekend, as Warner's 3D computer animated blockbuster easily remained in first place with an estimated second weekend take of $48.81 million. That was down just 29 percent from last weekend's opening weekend performance and brings the film's ten-day total to a stronger than expected $129.11 million. The LEGO Movie is now running 6 percent ahead of the $121.72 million ten-day start of 2012's The Lorax (which fell 45 percent in its second weekend to gross $34.85 million). BoxOffice is currently projecting a four-day gross of $61.0 million for The LEGO Movie (the film's official four-day estimate will be released on Monday morning).

Sony's About Last Night was this weekend's top opener with an estimated three-day start of $27.0 million to place in second. While the romantic comedy remake featuring Kevin Hart still over-performed a bit this weekend, the film (as well as the weekend's other primary Valentine's Day options) did come back down to earth on Saturday (the film was down 38 percent to gross $8.05 million) after an impressive Valentine's Day start on Friday ($12.98 million). About Last Night debuted 20 percent below the $33.64 million three-day start of 2012's Think Like A Man. The film marks another strong performer for Hart on the heels of last month's Ride Along (which continued to perform very well this weekend in its own right with an estimated sixth place take of $8.8 million). Sony's current four-day estimate for About Last Night stands at $30.2 million.

The audience breakdown for About Last Night skewed towards female moviegoers (63 percent) and towards moviegoers over the age of 30 (57 percent). About Last Night earned an encouraging A- rating on CinemaScore. With that in mind, it is quite possible that the film could stabilize after the initial Valentine's Day front-loading is out of the way.

Fellow Sony release RoboCop placed in third this weekend with an estimated three-day take of $21.5 million. That brings the five-day total for the pricey sci-fi action remake to $26.45 million. After a weak midweek start on Wednesday and Thursday (due at least in part to poor weather in the South and East), RoboCop was able to rebound nicely once the weekend hit, though the film's five-day start is still weaker than was widely anticipated and is soft with the film's price tag in mind. RoboCop is currently running 28 percent behind the $36.88 million five-day start of last year's A Good Day to Die Hard (which opened on a Thursday). Sony's current four-day estimate for RoboCop stands at $25.1 million.

The audience breakdown for RoboCop skewed towards male moviegoers (62 percent) and towards moviegoers 25 years and over (64 percent). RoboCop earned a respectable B+ rating on CinemaScore and will hope to build upon the solid early holding power it is displaying so far.

After a very solid $7.4 million start on Valentine's Day, Universal's Endless Love tumbled a harsh 53 percent on Saturday to take in $3.5 million. The romantic drama remake grossed an estimated $13.4 million over the three-day frame to place in fifth, which was in line with the lower end of expectations. The film's three-day start was 45 percent softer than the $24.34 million three-day start of last year's Safe Haven (which opened on a Thursday). Universal's current four-day estimate for Endless Love stands at $15.25 million.

The audience breakdown for Endless Love skewed especially heavily towards both female moviegoers (80 percent) and towards moviegoers under the age of 25 (76 percent). Like About Last Night, Endless Love also received an A- rating on CinemaScore. Endless Love will also hope to stabilize after its initial Valentine's Day front-loading; though that will be a tough task given just how front-loaded it was towards Valentine's Day this weekend.

The weekend's other new wide release, Winter's Tale opened with a very disappointing estimated $7.79 million to place in seventh over the three-day frame. Despite solid online pre-sales earlier in the week, Warner's romantic drama starring Colin Farrell debuted below its already modest pre-release expectations. Highly negative reviews took far more of a toll on Winter's Tale than the highly negative reviews of Endless Love took on it. The three-day start for Winter's Tale was 23 percent softer than the $10.06 million three-day start of 2008's Definitely, Maybe (which opened on a Thursday). BoxOffice is currently projecting a four-day start of $8.7 million for Winter's Tale. The film received a so-so B rating on CinemaScore.

Sony's The Monuments Men held up well in its second weekend of release to place in fourth with an estimated three-day take of $15.0 million. The George Clooney directed World War II film was down 32 percent from last weekend's debut. The Monuments Men has grossed $43.67 million through ten days of release, which is on the high end of expectations. Given the film's performance so far, it appears that The Monuments Men is being far better received by moviegoers than it was by critics. Sony's current four-day estimate for The Monuments Men stands at $17.3 million.

Tags: The Monuments Men, Winter's Tale, Endless Love, RoboCop, About Last Night, The LEGO Movie
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