'The LEGO Movie' Easily Holds off Four New Releases to Remain #1 with $63.5 Million

on February 17, 2014 by Daniel Garris
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Warner's The LEGO Movie easily remained in first place over the Presidents Day holiday weekend with an estimated four-day take of $63.52 million. If the estimate holds, The LEGO Movie will just top the $63.14 million take of 2010's Valentine's Day to set a new record for the largest all-time four-day Presidents Day weekend performance. The LEGO Movie was down just 8 percent from last weekend's three-day take and has grossed a very impressive $143.82 million in eleven days. The LEGO Movie is now running 15 percent ahead of the $125.15 million eleven-day take of 2012's The Lorax. With the aid of strong word of mouth and no new competition for family audiences throughout the rest of February, The LEGO Movie should continue to hold up very well going forward. The LEGO Movie took in $50.02 million over the three-day frame.

Sony's About Last Night was the weekend's top opener with an estimated four-day take of $28.5 million to place in second. About Last Night was off to a terrific $12.86 million start on Valentine's Day, but slowed significantly as the holiday weekend went on. Nonetheless, the romantic comedy remake featuring Kevin Hart was still able to perform in line with expectations this weekend and represents the second strong performer for Hart in just over a month (joining last month's Ride Along). Hart will return to theatres again on June 20, when Sony releases Think Like a Man Too. About Last Night is currently running 22 percent behind the $36.39 million four-day start of 2012's Think Like a Man. About Last Night took in $25.7 million over the three-day frame.

Fellow Sony release RoboCop placed in third with an estimated four-day take of $25.6 million. Unlike About Last Night (and the weekend's other two new wide releases), RoboCop strengthened as the holiday weekend went on, as the Friday performance for the pricey sci-fi action remake was muted a bit by not being the most popular Valentine's Day option. With that said, the $30.55 million six-day start for RoboCop is nonetheless underwhelming given expectations and the film's price tag. RoboCop is currently running 22 percent behind the $38.99 million six-day take of last year's A Good Day to Die Hard (which opened on a Thursday). RoboCop grossed $21.7 million over the three-day weekend.

Universal's Endless Love debuted in fifth place with an estimated four-day take of $15.06 million. Like About Last Night, Endless Love was strong out of the gate on Valentine's Day (with $7.4 million), but also slowed significantly as the holiday weekend went on. The PG-13 rated romantic drama remake appealed to teenage girls this weekend, but didn't have much appeal outside of that demo. Endless Love didn't come anywhere close to matching the $30.23 million four-day start of last year's Safe Haven (which opened on a Thursday), but is still performing towards the lower end of its more subdued pre-release expectations. Endless Love took in $13.2 million over the three-day frame.

Performing far poorer this weekend (especially with price tags in mind) was Winter's Tale. Warner's romantic drama starring Colin Farrell debuted in seventh place with a very disappointing estimated four-day start of just $8.1 million. Highly negative reviews helped kill whatever potential the film may have had with adult audiences as a Valentine's Day option. Like About Last Night and Endless Love, Winter's Tale also held up poorly as the holiday weekend went on. Winter's Tale is currently running 37 percent behind the $12.88 million four-day start of 2008's Definitely, Maybe (which opened on a Thursday). Winter's Tale took in $7.27 million over the three-day frame.

Sony's The Monuments Men held up well in its second weekend of release to claim fourth with an estimated four-day gross of $18.0 million. The George Clooney directed World War II film was down 18 percent from last weekend's three-day start. The film may have received an added boost this weekend from adult moviegoers who decided against seeing Winter's Tale. The Monuments Men has grossed $46.67 million through eleven days of release, which is on the high end of expectations. The film took in $15.5 million over the three-day frame.

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