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Weekend Box Office Report: February 7-9, 2014

Feb. 9, 2014by: Dave Davis

The Lego Movie is made of gold bricks!

This weekend marked the first time a blockbuster was made of actual blocks (well, computer-generated ones), as THE LEGO MOVIE opened at the top of the box office with $69.1 million!

The movie, budgeted at $60 million, was the second-biggest February opening ever (behind THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST's $83.8 million back in 2004), and the biggest opening yet for co-directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord, behind their 21 JUMP STREET ($36.3 million) and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS ($30.3 million).

Both audiences and critics adored how the pieces of THE LEGO MOVIE were assembled, giving the sharp family flick/toy commercial an 'A' CinemaScore and an average 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.

While the movie only features the voice of actor Chris Pratt, it could signal his impending box office domination -- this August he stars in Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (which could already have a sequel in the works) before he stomps into theaters next summer with JURASSIC WORLD.

Despite some lackluster reviews (33% on Rotten Tomatoes), George Clooney's WWII movie THE MONUMENTS MEN placed a solid second with an opening of $22.7 million. Paying crowds gave a not-bad 'B+' CinemaScore to the artwork-rescue adventure, which also features Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman and Bill Murray.

The Ice Cube/Kevin Hart comedy RIDE ALONG, at #1 for the past three weeks, is coasting in third place with $9.3 million as it drives past the $100 million mark. And after three full months in theaters, Disney's FROZEN is still refusing to crack as it adds another $6.9 million, now up to $913 million worldwide on a potential path to a cool billion.

The R-rated romcom THAT AWKWARD MOMENT held on reasonably well in fifth with $5.5 million (a 36% drop from its opening), while LONE SURVIVOR continued blasting holes through the Taliban in sixth place with another $5.2 million.

After that was the latest young-adult novel adaptation VAMPIRE ACADEMY, which flopped in seventh place with an opening of $4.1 million (and a per-screen average lower than the ninth place JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT, which has been in release for a month). Moviegoers shrugged with a 'B-' CinemaScore, and critics thought it sucked (10% on Rotten Tomatoes), so it seems highly unlikely these teen bloodsuckers will launch a new movie franchise.

I, FRANKENSTEIN departed the chart along with AMERICAN HUSTLE and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, which means there are now no longer any Best Picture contenders in the Top 10, although all nine nominees still playing on at least a few hundred screens in case audiences still need to catch up before the March 2nd Academy Awards ceremony.

Next weekend kicks off Valentine's Day with an update of the 1986 romcom ABOUT LAST NIGHT, the romance ENDLESS LOVE, the Colin Farrell fantasy WINTER'S TALE, and (on Wednesday) the glossy PG-13 remake of ROBOCOP.

Are you planning to check out the ROBOCOP remake next weekend? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The Lego Movie $69.1 M
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2. The Monuments Men $22.7 M
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3. Ride Along $9.3 M $105.1 M
4. Frozen $6.9 M $368.6 M
5. That Awkward Moment $5.5 M $16.8 M
6. Lone Survivor $5.2 M $112.5 M
7. Vampire Academy $4.1 M
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8. The Nut Job $3.8 M $55 M
9. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $3.6 M $44.4 M
10. Labor Day $3.2 M $10.1 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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2:18AM on 02/10/2014
My wallet is so going to have tough time with all the tie-in LEGO toys but it's great to see LEGO Movie at the #1 spot.
My wallet is so going to have tough time with all the tie-in LEGO toys but it's great to see LEGO Movie at the #1 spot.
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12:35AM on 02/10/2014
I'm 25 and sometimes I still like to build things with legos.

Fuck you if you judge me.
I'm 25 and sometimes I still like to build things with legos.

Fuck you if you judge me.
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12:48AM on 02/10/2014
I don't judge you. I nothing you. ;-)
I don't judge you. I nothing you. ;-)
2:15AM on 02/10/2014
Heck, I'm 30 and I'm proud to say I like toys, particularly action figures. Nevertheless, I always have a soft spot for LEGO. My greatest achievement of LEGO is LEGO's giant Batmobile.
Heck, I'm 30 and I'm proud to say I like toys, particularly action figures. Nevertheless, I always have a soft spot for LEGO. My greatest achievement of LEGO is LEGO's giant Batmobile.
7:10AM on 02/10/2014
I'd only judge you if you're building a girlfriend out of the Legos.
I'd only judge you if you're building a girlfriend out of the Legos.
11:17PM on 02/09/2014
I just seen The Lego Movie today and EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME!!!

10/10
I just seen The Lego Movie today and EVERYTHING WAS AWESOME!!!

10/10
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10:50PM on 02/09/2014
I saw the monuments men, and was surprised by just how average it was. I saw the reviews, but still thought I'd like it more. I can see why they pushed it back.
As for the Lego Movie, I never know how to evaluate kids movies. Sometimes I see good reviews and word of mouth, but then I see the movie and I must miss something b/c I don't seem to like it as much as most (The Croods & Dispicable me being some recent examples). Anyway, I'll probably rent it eventually. I'll admit the concept seems
I saw the monuments men, and was surprised by just how average it was. I saw the reviews, but still thought I'd like it more. I can see why they pushed it back.
As for the Lego Movie, I never know how to evaluate kids movies. Sometimes I see good reviews and word of mouth, but then I see the movie and I must miss something b/c I don't seem to like it as much as most (The Croods & Dispicable me being some recent examples). Anyway, I'll probably rent it eventually. I'll admit the concept seems cool.
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8:28PM on 02/09/2014
So pleased that The Lego Movie took top spot. It really is one of the best kids' films I've seen and it had every right to turn out as a glorified toy commercial, but Phil Lord and Chris Miller found a way to make it inventive, engaging, exciting to look at and really, really funny.
So pleased that The Lego Movie took top spot. It really is one of the best kids' films I've seen and it had every right to turn out as a glorified toy commercial, but Phil Lord and Chris Miller found a way to make it inventive, engaging, exciting to look at and really, really funny.
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7:53PM on 02/09/2014
The Lego Movie SUCKED!...It has a 95% positive on RT and the reviews said it was like Toy Story, but it wasn't at all. This was a movie that, to me, will only be liked by kids mostly. Toy Story was for kids and adults. The Lego Movie wasn't.

1/2 star out of 4.
The Lego Movie SUCKED!...It has a 95% positive on RT and the reviews said it was like Toy Story, but it wasn't at all. This was a movie that, to me, will only be liked by kids mostly. Toy Story was for kids and adults. The Lego Movie wasn't.

1/2 star out of 4.
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8:12PM on 02/09/2014
Go check Vampire Academy, something tells me you will enjoy that one ;)

(Just kidding... Or am I?)
Go check Vampire Academy, something tells me you will enjoy that one ;)

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8:36PM on 02/09/2014
That's something I would never see....I love many animated movies, but The Lego Movie sucked.
That's something I would never see....I love many animated movies, but The Lego Movie sucked.
10:19PM on 02/09/2014
I have to respectfully disagree with your opinion. I feel bad that you didn't enjoy it like a lot of people did because it brought me and the people I went with so much joy. It made me feel very nostalgic. I must say though I loved toy story 3 but I actually got teary eyed at the end of this and not that.
I have to respectfully disagree with your opinion. I feel bad that you didn't enjoy it like a lot of people did because it brought me and the people I went with so much joy. It made me feel very nostalgic. I must say though I loved toy story 3 but I actually got teary eyed at the end of this and not that.
10:32PM on 02/09/2014
I think the Lego Movie did everything right. It had an engaging visual style, it was clearly made by people who loved the subject matter, it was ebullient and joyful and not cynical for a second, it put a hilarious spin on the hoary "chosen one" trope and it boasted a brilliant voice cast. Liam Neeson stole the show for me.
I think the Lego Movie did everything right. It had an engaging visual style, it was clearly made by people who loved the subject matter, it was ebullient and joyful and not cynical for a second, it put a hilarious spin on the hoary "chosen one" trope and it boasted a brilliant voice cast. Liam Neeson stole the show for me.
11:12PM on 02/09/2014
Trolls gotta troll.
Trolls gotta troll.
11:22PM on 02/09/2014
Half...I was just expressing my disappointment. So are you trolling when you talk about things that you don't like that other people like?
Half...I was just expressing my disappointment. So are you trolling when you talk about things that you don't like that other people like?
9:04AM on 02/10/2014
I feel sorry for you.
I feel sorry for you.
9:04AM on 02/10/2014
I feel sorry for you.
I feel sorry for you.
3:10PM on 02/10/2014
"I feel sorry for you."...No you don't.
"I feel sorry for you."...No you don't.
7:24PM on 02/09/2014
The Lego Movie was great. Everyone and their mother should go see it. I hope it dominates at the box office. It was THAT great.
The Lego Movie was great. Everyone and their mother should go see it. I hope it dominates at the box office. It was THAT great.
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6:27PM on 02/09/2014
They're about 5 years too late with the Vampire fad. I say 4.1 mil is better than I expected - the YA crowd is starting to become self aware!
They're about 5 years too late with the Vampire fad. I say 4.1 mil is better than I expected - the YA crowd is starting to become self aware!
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3:55PM on 02/09/2014

Lego rules

i went to see it just because of my kids 3 and 5 and wow i really enjoyed it,haven't had this much fun in a movie in a while
i went to see it just because of my kids 3 and 5 and wow i really enjoyed it,haven't had this much fun in a movie in a while
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7:15AM on 02/10/2014
I was thinking of taking mine. Did they enjoy it or is for older kids? Is 4 too young? Wasn't sure about the movie but the comments about it have been ridiculously positive.
I was thinking of taking mine. Did they enjoy it or is for older kids? Is 4 too young? Wasn't sure about the movie but the comments about it have been ridiculously positive.
+3
2:14PM on 02/09/2014
I'm seeing it again Tuesday just to show my friends that its such a great movie. It surprised me on how funny it was and it's up there with Toy Story 3 on pulling ur strings
I'm seeing it again Tuesday just to show my friends that its such a great movie. It surprised me on how funny it was and it's up there with Toy Story 3 on pulling ur strings
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1:49PM on 02/09/2014
I'm gonna have to go see this Lego movie, It didn't appeal to me at first, but after hearing enough about it, It has peaked my interest. On the other hand, Vampire Academy looks just awful. Tired of films like those.





I'm gonna have to go see this Lego movie, It didn't appeal to me at first, but after hearing enough about it, It has peaked my interest. On the other hand, Vampire Academy looks just awful. Tired of films like those.





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1:45PM on 02/09/2014
I'm gonna have to go see this Lego movie, It didn't appeal to me at first, but after hearing enough about it, It has peaked my interest. On the other hand, Vampire Academy looks just awful. Tired of films like those.





I'm gonna have to go see this Lego movie, It didn't appeal to me at first, but after hearing enough about it, It has peaked my interest. On the other hand, Vampire Academy looks just awful. Tired of films like those.





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