The Lego Movie builds on huge box office

17 February 2014

Animated extravaganza still not bricking it.

The Lego Movie’s blockbusting run at the box-office continued over the weekend, holding firm at the number one spot in the US and foisting off a flurry of new entries.

In its second week of the release, the colourful family film based on the enduringly popular bricks saw a drop of only 29%, a solid percentage for its second week and enough to see off new releases like About Last Night, RoboCop, Endless Love and Winter’s Tale.

The four-day President’s Weekend, honouring Washington, is a bank holiday for many states, leading to increased cinema attendance.

The Lego Movie grossed nearly $50m over the weekend in the US, comfortably passing the $100m milestone and giving it good prospects for a final tally. It has currently grossed around $130m in the US and another $51m in international markets for a worldwide total of $180m.

In second place in the US charts with a respectable $27m opening was romantic comedy About Last Night - a remake of the 1985 Brat Pack classic which was itself adapted from David Mamet's play Sexual Perversity in Chicago.

RoboCop, the remake of the 1980s sci-fi action classic, was forced into third, with $21.5m - a disappointment for Sony, who will have been hoping for bigger numbers and the possibility of a franchise.

Further down the chart, Winter’s Tale, the romantic fantasy drama starring Colin Farrell, limped into 7th place on its opening weekend with a dispiriting $7m opening take.

This is the third consecutive flop for the Irish actor, following Dead Man Down and Seven Psychopaths. The Total Recall remake and Fright Night have also previously underperformed.

[Source: Box Office Mojo]