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02.16.2014

Everything is still awesome for The Lego Movie!

Despite an array of new romance movies trying to capitalize on Valentine's Day, audiences were still in love with THE LEGO MOVIE, which remained #1 at the box office with another $48.8 million!

That's a drop of less than 30% from its opening last week, and the entertaining animated brick toys are already up to a 10-day total of $129 million (more than twice the movie's reported cost). Sales of actual LEGO sets are presumably also even further through the roof. Hell, I bought some.

Of the new releases trying to capture hearts, ABOUT LAST NIGHT had the most bullseyes by Cupid's arrows, taking second with $27 million. The R-rated remake of the 1986 Rob Lowe/Demi Moore romcom (itself based on a David Mamet play) fared pretty well with critics (76% on Rotten Tomatoes), and amorous crowds gave it an 'A-' CinemaScore.

Comedian Kevin Hart continues to seem like a wise investment -- ABOUT LAST NIGHT already made back twice its reported budget, and RIDE ALONG is still rolling in sixth with another $8.7 million and a $116.1 million total on a cost of $25 million.

As for the other romantic offerings, moviegoers didn't quite fall for ENDLESS LOVE, debuting in fifth with $13.3 million. And Colin Farrell's fantasy WINTER'S TALE got the cold shoulder in seventh with $7.7 million. Critics weren't feeling the love for either ENDLESS LOVE or WINTER'S TALE (14% and 15% on Rotten Tomatoes), while audiences were a bit more forgiving with an 'A-' and 'B' CinemaScore respectively.

Despite lots of CG and a glossy coat of paint, the upgraded ROBOCOP got off to a clunky start, coming in third with $21.5 million (and a $26.4 million total since it stomped into theaters on Wednesday). But the $100+ million PG-13 remake shot its way to the top with international audiences, taking in an additional $70 million. Critics were in the middle of the road (49% on RT) and crowds gave the new version of  Paul Verhoeven's brilliant and bloody 1987 satire an adequate 'B+' CinemaScore.

After opening at #2 last week, George Clooney's THE MONUMENTS MEN stood tall in fourth with $15 million, a drop of only 31% from its first weekend. Disney's FROZEN won't be left out in the cold, still somehow strong on the chart in eighth with another $5.8 million, ahead of LONE SURVIVOR and THAT AWKWARD MOMENT.

Outside the chart, JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, LABOR DAY and THE NUT JOB make their way out of sight, along with VAMPIRE ACADEMY after a single sad week in the Top 10. AMERICAN HUSTLE is still performing the best out of the Oscar contenders, while PHILOMENA got pushed onto over 1200 screens in a last-ditch effort for awards attention.

Next weekend, Kevin Costner is a man of action in the McG-directed 3 DAYS TO KILL, while history explodes and gets covered with lava in director Paul WS Anderson's POMPEII.

What is your favorite Kevin Costner role? VOTE HERE!

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Lego Movie $48.8 M $129.1 M
2. About Last Night $27 M
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3. Robocop $21.5 M $26.4 M
4. The Monuments Men $15 M $43.6 M
5. Endless Love $13.3 M
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6. Ride Along $8.7 M $116.1 M
7. Winter's Tale $7.7 M
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8. Frozen $5.8 M $376 M
9. Lone Survivor $4 M $118.4 M
10. That Awkward Moment $3.3 M $21.4 M

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10:03AM on 02/19/2014
ROBOFLOP,
Dont shoot the messenger.
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ROBOFLOP,
Dont shoot the messenger.
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1:30PM on 02/18/2014
All I have to say is HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH
Robocop was beaten by a rom com in its opening weekend.
All I have to say is HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAH
Robocop was beaten by a rom com in its opening weekend.
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9:19AM on 02/18/2014

Robocop SUCKED!

I am so happy to see Robocop isn't doing too well. I called it a long time ago that it wasn't going to be as big as everyone was expecting. It was the most by the numbers action flick released this year. As a remake it sucked, as its own movie it was just generically boring.
I am so happy to see Robocop isn't doing too well. I called it a long time ago that it wasn't going to be as big as everyone was expecting. It was the most by the numbers action flick released this year. As a remake it sucked, as its own movie it was just generically boring.
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6:08PM on 02/17/2014

Good God the Lego Movie SUCKED!

Anyone saying the Lego Movie is good - they just want you to waste your money. Took 3 kids to a sold out crowd. The movie was so boring and pointless I think every single person in the theater got up and walked out at least 3 times each through out the movie. The man next to me was snoring so loud which actually gave us around him some amusement to make it through the whole thing. I was going to give the movie some credit, thinking it was made from actual Legos - but it wasn't. It was a cartoon
Anyone saying the Lego Movie is good - they just want you to waste your money. Took 3 kids to a sold out crowd. The movie was so boring and pointless I think every single person in the theater got up and walked out at least 3 times each through out the movie. The man next to me was snoring so loud which actually gave us around him some amusement to make it through the whole thing. I was going to give the movie some credit, thinking it was made from actual Legos - but it wasn't. It was a cartoon made from CGI Legos imitating actual characters (Batman, Green Lantern, Lord of the Rings, etc). I was also going to give it some credit since it IS a kid's film... but every kid coming out of the theater was rubbing their eyes as if they just woke up and a lot were just saying, "Dad/ Mom, that was so BORING AND STUPID!" SAVE YOUR MONEY and just play with some actual Legos - trust me, you will be MUCH more entertained! You can "thumbs down" all you want but regardless everything I stated was facts of what happened.
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12:05PM on 02/17/2014

NOT A GOOD DECADE FOR ACTION FILMS

The problem is not the reboot or lack of creativity but rather the cold reception towards action films. It doesn't matter what they give unless it borders on comedy no action film will float. Robocop is a good movie and decent introduction to the iconic character. If the movie had comedy element like 21 Jump Street it would've been a hit. Sad. This was one remake that was worth a look with a lead that has a promising future. A brilliant supporting cast along with a worthy story.
The problem is not the reboot or lack of creativity but rather the cold reception towards action films. It doesn't matter what they give unless it borders on comedy no action film will float. Robocop is a good movie and decent introduction to the iconic character. If the movie had comedy element like 21 Jump Street it would've been a hit. Sad. This was one remake that was worth a look with a lead that has a promising future. A brilliant supporting cast along with a worthy story.
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2:09PM on 02/17/2014
Disagree, dont blame the failings on the rebooted Robocop as not having enough comedy. It had other failings in the sense that it didnt really have a strong villain or villains. It could just be that people are fed up with seeing generic 'chaos cinema' action crap and studios don't give enough credit to the audience in watching intelligent or 'original' action movies. I think it is quite embarrassing for a reboot to be beaten by a Rom-com in its opening weekend.
Disagree, dont blame the failings on the rebooted Robocop as not having enough comedy. It had other failings in the sense that it didnt really have a strong villain or villains. It could just be that people are fed up with seeing generic 'chaos cinema' action crap and studios don't give enough credit to the audience in watching intelligent or 'original' action movies. I think it is quite embarrassing for a reboot to be beaten by a Rom-com in its opening weekend.
5:25PM on 02/17/2014
True,Robocop isn't a perfect movie but neither are any of the comedies which are hits last couple of months. What I was trying to say is that they don't have a good chance compared to an animated or superhero flick. That is the pattern I have seen.
True,Robocop isn't a perfect movie but neither are any of the comedies which are hits last couple of months. What I was trying to say is that they don't have a good chance compared to an animated or superhero flick. That is the pattern I have seen.
5:33PM on 02/17/2014
Also as a fan of original Robocop films it's hard to kind of top the story and violence we have seen a dozen times to a person who will be watching it fresh as a member of the audience. In that sense maybe next time reboots are better off having their own version of the story than sticking to original source.

A found footage movie with same old story concepts which are trending now is doing better than two action films put together.

Also as a fan of original Robocop films it's hard to kind of top the story and violence we have seen a dozen times to a person who will be watching it fresh as a member of the audience. In that sense maybe next time reboots are better off having their own version of the story than sticking to original source.

A found footage movie with same old story concepts which are trending now is doing better than two action films put together.

10:26PM on 02/16/2014
I hope that this is the beginning of the end to this horrible remake trend that has polluted the 2000s. Hopefully Robocop's failure will send a message to Hollywood. We don't want unoriginal, watered down, dumbed down, unnecessary remakes. District 9 was as close to a Paul Verhoeven sci-fi film as we have been in over a decade. It was an original, R-rated, blood soaked, & smart social commentary, and it kicked box office ass while only having a small budget of only $30million. Give us more
I hope that this is the beginning of the end to this horrible remake trend that has polluted the 2000s. Hopefully Robocop's failure will send a message to Hollywood. We don't want unoriginal, watered down, dumbed down, unnecessary remakes. District 9 was as close to a Paul Verhoeven sci-fi film as we have been in over a decade. It was an original, R-rated, blood soaked, & smart social commentary, and it kicked box office ass while only having a small budget of only $30million. Give us more original films like that.
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5:17AM on 02/17/2014
Very well put Bob, Couldn't agree more.
Very well put Bob, Couldn't agree more.
5:18AM on 02/17/2014
Very well put Bob, Couldn't agree more. And at the moment the numbers are beginning to reflect that.
Very well put Bob, Couldn't agree more. And at the moment the numbers are beginning to reflect that.
7:29AM on 02/17/2014
While I completely agree with what your saying Bob when you take in to account RoboCops world total so far its hitting 100 million, and estimates suggest it could reach 250-300 million by the end of its theatrical run.
So, in Sonys eyes, its a hit.
While I completely agree with what your saying Bob when you take in to account RoboCops world total so far its hitting 100 million, and estimates suggest it could reach 250-300 million by the end of its theatrical run.
So, in Sonys eyes, its a hit.
7:57AM on 02/17/2014
You do have to keep in mind that Robocop has already been out for two weeks in most countries, and for nearly three weeks in many foreign markets, and for over four weeks in a few countries. So the worldwide total doesn't reflect an opening weekend total.
You do have to keep in mind that Robocop has already been out for two weeks in most countries, and for nearly three weeks in many foreign markets, and for over four weeks in a few countries. So the worldwide total doesn't reflect an opening weekend total.
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8:55PM on 02/16/2014

I love this movie

I gotta say I enjoyed the shit out of this movie and it's great that this site is giving it love too. This movie gets a lot right. First of all it's a kid's comedy with a lot of over the top and arrogant characters like in a Judd Apatow movie minus all the cursing. And that's fine, it doesn't take a way from the core moral of the story. This proves that kid's movies don't have to be dumbed down to be marketable. That they can teach moral lessons without coming off preachy. This is how it should
I gotta say I enjoyed the shit out of this movie and it's great that this site is giving it love too. This movie gets a lot right. First of all it's a kid's comedy with a lot of over the top and arrogant characters like in a Judd Apatow movie minus all the cursing. And that's fine, it doesn't take a way from the core moral of the story. This proves that kid's movies don't have to be dumbed down to be marketable. That they can teach moral lessons without coming off preachy. This is how it should be done.

On a side note If you're a macho dude going with your mucho friends get ready to clench your assholes cause this ride can get emotional.

Awesome movie, go see it. Don't let anyone spoil it for you. Take your kids, take your girlfriend, boyfriend, whoever the fuck and go see this shit now!
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7:54PM on 02/16/2014
I'm impressed and heartened by how much care was taken with making the Lego movie.
I'm impressed and heartened by how much care was taken with making the Lego movie.
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5:55PM on 02/16/2014

Robocop?

This was a different Robocop movie but totally worth it.
This was a different Robocop movie but totally worth it.
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5:41PM on 02/16/2014
Lego Movie was, well, awesome and Batman's song was hilarious.
And I loved Monuments Men, a fantastic throwback to the 70s war movie.

So another remake and another Colin Farrell movie bombs, which will the studios stop doing more of first??
Lego Movie was, well, awesome and Batman's song was hilarious.
And I loved Monuments Men, a fantastic throwback to the 70s war movie.

So another remake and another Colin Farrell movie bombs, which will the studios stop doing more of first??
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5:21PM on 02/16/2014
I saw both Lego and Robocop and enjoyed both. I hope that IF they make a Robocop 2, they take the risk with an R rated version and a little less CG (which won't happen). I'm not saying we need people torn apart and guts laying on the ground or fuck used every 5 seconds or anything, but there may be more potential with R rated movie.
I saw both Lego and Robocop and enjoyed both. I hope that IF they make a Robocop 2, they take the risk with an R rated version and a little less CG (which won't happen). I'm not saying we need people torn apart and guts laying on the ground or fuck used every 5 seconds or anything, but there may be more potential with R rated movie.
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5:15PM on 02/16/2014
Happy to hear RubberCop is underperforming stateside. Good riddance. Now leave Verhoeven's legacy alone
Happy to hear RubberCop is underperforming stateside. Good riddance. Now leave Verhoeven's legacy alone
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5:21AM on 02/17/2014
Lets hope they do not start on John Mctiernans next.
Lets hope they do not start on John Mctiernans next.
5:14PM on 02/16/2014

Robochump

Good night, sweet prince.
Good night, sweet prince.
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4:58PM on 02/16/2014
So now can we stop doing PG-13 remakes/sequels to R-rated movies and franchises? Not only do they piss of fans of the originals, but they're not drumming up dollars at the BO either.
So now can we stop doing PG-13 remakes/sequels to R-rated movies and franchises? Not only do they piss of fans of the originals, but they're not drumming up dollars at the BO either.
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3:32PM on 02/16/2014

Legos

I loved the movie. Legos were a part of my childhood, and the creative story that Christopher Miller and Phil Lord developed, combined with the great humor and the awesome visuals, made for an entertaining and emotionally satisfying experience. I also found myself buying a building modular from my Christmas money and will receive another one for my birthday. It served it's purpose: it entertained and it renewed my interest in Legos.
I loved the movie. Legos were a part of my childhood, and the creative story that Christopher Miller and Phil Lord developed, combined with the great humor and the awesome visuals, made for an entertaining and emotionally satisfying experience. I also found myself buying a building modular from my Christmas money and will receive another one for my birthday. It served it's purpose: it entertained and it renewed my interest in Legos.
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3:31PM on 02/16/2014
With Frozen and The Lego Movie performing so well, animation is definitely making a rebound in terms of both quality and market performance. An interesting tidbit that the article doesn't mention is that Endless Love had one of the most front loaded opening weekends of all time (It's Friday gross accounted for over 55% of its opening weekend take). Seems like that movie was just a Valentines gimmick.
With Frozen and The Lego Movie performing so well, animation is definitely making a rebound in terms of both quality and market performance. An interesting tidbit that the article doesn't mention is that Endless Love had one of the most front loaded opening weekends of all time (It's Friday gross accounted for over 55% of its opening weekend take). Seems like that movie was just a Valentines gimmick.
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2:59PM on 02/16/2014

Wow

I was expecting at least 30-32 mil for Robocop.
I will say this Robocop wasn't that bad but it doesn't hold a candle to the original. While that one was cartoony this one goes for the human element which works. I liked the action sequences and seeing Keaton, Oldman, and Ealey on screen together was quite a treat. I will say pacing wise it does fall in the same category as the total recall remake (yet I found this one more entertaining than recall) . If this film went the R-rated route it
I was expecting at least 30-32 mil for Robocop.
I will say this Robocop wasn't that bad but it doesn't hold a candle to the original. While that one was cartoony this one goes for the human element which works. I liked the action sequences and seeing Keaton, Oldman, and Ealey on screen together was quite a treat. I will say pacing wise it does fall in the same category as the total recall remake (yet I found this one more entertaining than recall) . If this film went the R-rated route it wouldve been a lot more entertaining and brought in maybe a few more fan boys. Overall, the new Robocop is entertaining at times with good action sequences and Keaton chewing the scenery.
6/10
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2:59PM on 02/16/2014
Decent word of mouth should help Robocop have some legs. Good #'s when you look at total with foreign take. Hopefully a sequel will be in the works. I for one welcome it.
Decent word of mouth should help Robocop have some legs. Good #'s when you look at total with foreign take. Hopefully a sequel will be in the works. I for one welcome it.
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3:07PM on 02/16/2014
it will make over 200 million (internationally) so the movie will be a success regardless. it just won't be a success in the US i guess? but yeah....the movie will hit the 200 million international mark, so i guess thats a good thing. i got past the whole 'remake' hate. there is still the original to watch. i love oldboy as it is my favorite movie of all time. the spike lee remake didnt make me mad. i never watched it but only because i actually didn't like what i saw from the previews. but
it will make over 200 million (internationally) so the movie will be a success regardless. it just won't be a success in the US i guess? but yeah....the movie will hit the 200 million international mark, so i guess thats a good thing. i got past the whole 'remake' hate. there is still the original to watch. i love oldboy as it is my favorite movie of all time. the spike lee remake didnt make me mad. i never watched it but only because i actually didn't like what i saw from the previews. but yeah long story short: robocop will make money.
2:55PM on 02/16/2014

lego.

I saw the lego movie this weekend and I have to say, its probably the best time ive had at the movies in a long time.

Fuck robocop.
I saw the lego movie this weekend and I have to say, its probably the best time ive had at the movies in a long time.

Fuck robocop.
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3:00PM on 02/16/2014
Did you actually see Robocop?
Did you actually see Robocop?
3:26PM on 02/16/2014
Yeah ive saw robocop. Hated it.
Yeah ive saw robocop. Hated it.
2:53PM on 02/16/2014

Golden Schmoes?

Just wondering if the nominations are being announced this week or not?
Just wondering if the nominations are being announced this week or not?
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3:28PM on 02/16/2014
Tuesday.
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