The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.
Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow, Lin Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment brought the popular LEGO brand to movie theaters this weekend and the results were much better than expected. The LEGO Movie, written and directed by Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, opened in first place to an estimated $69.1 million from 3,775 theaters, a strong average of $18,307. Featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman, The LEGO Movie marks the second-biggest debut for a movie in February, trailing only 2004′s The Passion of The Christ‘s $83.8 million, and is the biggest animated release for Warner Bros. ever, surpassing Happy Feet‘s $41.5 million in 2006. The LEGO Movie cost about $60 million to make and a sequel is reportedly already in the works.
Opening in second place, George Clooney’s The Monuments Men earned an estimated $22.7 million from 3,083 theaters, averaging $7,363 per site. The $70 million Columbia Pictures release was directed, co-written and produced by Clooney, who also stars with Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and John Goodman.
After three weekends at No. 1, Universal Pictures’ Ride Along dropped to third place but added another $9.4 million for a four-week total of $105.2 million. Not bad for an action comedy that only cost $25 million. Directed by Tim Story, Ride Along stars Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen and Laurence Fishburne.
In its 12th weekend in theaters, Disney’s animated hit Frozen earned another $6.9 million in the fourth spot for a domestic total of $368.7 million. The film has passed up Despicable Me 2‘s $368.1 million to become the third-highest grossing domestic animated release of all-time (based on original runs and not including re-releases) and highest grossing original IP (non-sequel) animated release of all time. Globally, the $150 million film has passed the $900 million mark ($913.8 million) and now stands at #28 on the all-time worldwide list. It has also passed Finding Nemo, Ice Age: Continental Drift and b>Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs this week to become the fourth-highest grossing animated release of all-time and highest grossing original IP animated release of all time. Frozen opened on Wednesday in China, where Disney estimates that it posted $13.7 million so far to date. The opening represents the biggest Disney Animation release in China and the second-biggest Disney/Pixar animation release, behind only Monsters University.
Focus Features comedy The Awkward Moment rounded out the top five with $5.5 million its second weekend. The film has earned $16.8 million, but it only cost $8 million to make. Sixth place belonged to Universal’s Lone Survivor, which collected $5.3 million its seventh weekend and has earned $112.5 million total.
Also, moviegoers once again showed that when it comes to young adult adaptations, they are only interested in The Hunger Games and Twilight (maybe Divergent will shake things up?), as the Mark Waters-directed Vampire Academy took in just $4.1 million from 2,676 theaters in seventh place, a weak $1,533 per theater. The Weinstein Company release stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy and Ashley Charles.
Columbia Pictures and MGM’s RoboCop opened overseas this weekend as the No. 1 film in 10 markets, including holdovers in Malaysia and Singapore. The Jose Padilha-directed action movie earned an estimated $20.2 million, bringing its international total to $28.7 million. Of the $20.2 million, RoboCop earned $1.5 million in IMAX theaters from 87 locations for a total of $2.0 million so far. The film opens in North America and 30 international markets on Wednesday.
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