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Weekend Box Office: 'LEGO Movie' Tops With $31M

Feb 23 2014, 11:19am CST | by

Everything is still awesome for The LEGO Movie, as the smash franchise-starter earned another $31.4 million in its third weekend. That’s a whopping 4.3x weekend multiplier and a sign of some pretty...

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Weekend Box Office: 'LEGO Movie' Tops With $31M

Feb 23 2014, 11:19am CST | by

Everything is still awesome for The LEGO Movie, as the smash franchise-starter earned another $31.4 million in its third weekend. That’s a whopping 4.3x weekend multiplier and a sign of some pretty strong matinee legs. Even coming off a holiday weekend, the film dropped just 37%. The Warner Bros. (a division of Time Warner) picture ended its third frame with $183.1 million domestic, finally (and definitively) outpacing The Lorax, which was at $158 million off a $22 million third weekend two years ago. At this rate, give or take its strength against DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody and Sherman in two weeks, The LEGO Movie should end its domestic run with around $270 million, easily the biggest total for a non-sequel animated film outside of the Disney/Pixar wheelhouse. The LEGO Movie 2 has been slotted for May 26, 2017.

There were two new releases in the marketplace, neither of which impressed. Kevin Costner returned to “face on the poster” status with Relativity’s Three Days To Kill. The Luc Besson-produced. McG-directed action comedy earned $12.3 million for the weekend, which marks a surprisingly robust 3.075x weekend multiplier. The good news is that the film cost Relativity and Eurocorp just $28 million, so the usual over/under $30 million here and over/under $30 million overseas for Luc Besson productions should be enough to break even during the theatrical run. I’m sure we’re all shocked that Kevin Costner is no longer the huge movie star he was in the 1990′s, but it’s double the $6.2 million debut of his last starring vehicle, 2008′s Swing Vote. He’ll get another chance via Ivan Reitman’s football drama Draft Day in April, which seems more his wheelhouse anyway.

The next opener was Sony/Tri-Star’s Pompeii. Sony didn’t spend a dime producing this one, allowing Constantin Films to produce the $80-$100 million “Titanic Meets Gladiator Meets Dante’s Peak” hybrid and merely received a distribution fee. Film District handled the marketing. All of this is a long way of saying that Sony doesn’t care too much that the film made $10 million this weekend. The Paul W.S. Anderson film should end its domestic run with under $30 million and be a token curiosity. But the film is debuting overseas in 30 markets this weekend, and that’s where the film may actually make a few bucks. Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers earned $20 million in America back in late 2011 but earned $111 million overseas, one of the biggest spreads on record. Meanwhile, I’m sure we’re all shocked that Kit Harrington couldn’t power this one to hit status. By the way, I, Frankenstein and The Legend of Hercules have both stalled at $18.6 million domestic.

In holdover news, all three of last weekend’s “romantic films” crashed pretty hard from last weekend. Warner Bros.’ A Winter’s Tale earned $2.13 million this weekend compared to $7.7 million last weekend. The much-discussed artistic misfire (which at least was apparently trying for something different) dropped 71% from last weekend and has now earned $11.2 million total. Endless Love dropped 68% from last weekend, earning $4.3 million for Universal, down from $13.3 million last weekend. The $20 million romantic drama now sits with $20.1 million and should at least break even by the time it leaves theaters.  And yes, even Sony’s About Last Night dropped 71% from its opening frame, going from $25.6 million to $7.4 million.  Nonetheless, with a $12.5 million budget, it’s still a big hit with $38.1million today even if it fails to reach $55 million domestic.

Sony’s Robocop earned $9.4 million on its second weekend, down 57% from last weekend which  is almost leggy for this weekend. The $100 million remake has thus-far earned $43 million domestic. It’s already tracking below A Good Day To Die Hard, which means it will likely end its run below $67 million. It’s even with Liam Neeson’s Unknown but made 1/3 less respectively this weekend, and is dead even with Ghost Rider 2, so the film should end with between $52 million and $63 million. The original Robocop made $53 million back in 1987, which would be about $114 million today. So “artificially” speaking, it will probably surpass the first Robocop even as it cost 7x more to produce. The good news is that it’s doing much better overseas, where it has earned $80 million as of Thursday. It be yet another “flop over here, smash over there” picture, which offers a host of questions better left to a later date.

In forgotten would-be franchises, Vampire Academy dropped 86% in its third weekend, partially because it lost 80% of its screens, with now only 536 venues for a new cume of $7.6 million. Monuments Men held up okay in its third weekend, earning about $8.1 million (-53%) for a $58 million cume. Ironically, it’s already out-grossed five of the nine Best Picture nominees at this year’s Oscars. So kudos to Sony for choosing big fish-in-small pond profits over awards-chasing.  Walt Disney's Frozen earned $4.3 million for a $384 million domestic total. It has earned $980 million worldwide and should be crossing $1 billion in a week or two. That Awkward Moment dropped 60% in weekend four, earning $1.4 million and giving the $8 million rom-com a $24 million cume.

Universal’s Ride Along earned $4.7 million this weekend to bring its cume to $123.2 million while Universal’s Lone Survivor grossed $2 million to bring its domestic total to $121.7 million. In limited release news, Walt Disney debuted an English-dubbed version of Hayao Miyazaki’s alleged swan song The Wind Rises. The film opened on 21 screens in advance of its 450 screen release next weekend and earned a solid $306,000 ($14,571 per-screen). Of course, the film has already earned $112 million overseas, so Disney’s domestic releases generally amount to the Mouse House doing a public service. Finally, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is now at $423.627 million, surpassing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($423.315 million) to become the 10th biggest domestic grosser of all-time. It’s at $863 million worldwide. Someone get Josh Hutcherson his own superhero franchise, stat!

That’s it for today. Join us for  next weekend for one of the odder frames on record. Universal drops the Liam Neeson action film Non-Stop while 20th Century Fox releases Son Of God, a truncated version of a a History Channel mini-series. Disney debuts The Wind Rises semi-wide while Sony drops the uber-successful ($67 million thus far) Russian World War II actioner Stalingrad in 300 IMAX screens. Oh, and as discussed on Friday, Paramount is releasing a 95% new version of Anchorman 2 into 1,000 theaters. It’s going to be a very busy weekend at the movies.

Here, courtesy of Rentrak, is a top-ten list for the weekend.

RANK

TITLE

DISTRIBUTOR

WK

 LOCS

LOC CHANGE

ESTIMATED WKND GROSS ($)

% CHG PREV WK

AVG/LOC

ESTIMATED CUME ($)

1

Lego Movie, The WB

3

 3,890

115

31,450,000

-37

8,085

183,160,096

2

3 Days To Kill REL

1

 2,872

-

12,300,000

-

4,283

12,300,000

3

Pompeii SNY

1

 2,658

-

10,000,000

-

3,762

10,000,000

4

RoboCop SNY

2

 3,372

0

9,400,000

-57

2,788

43,600,106

5

Monuments Men SNY

3

 3,064

-19

8,100,000

-48

2,644

58,044,684

6

About Last Night SNY

2

 2,253

0

7,400,000

-71

3,285

38,146,290

7

Ride Along UNI

6

 2,186

-331

4,667,110

-46

2,135

123,172,910

8

Frozen DIS

14

 1,891

-210

4,357,000

-30

2,304

384,061,335

9

Endless Love UNI

2

 2,896

0

4,300,560

-68

1,485

20,141,815

10

Winter’s Tale WB

2

 2,965

0

2,130,000

-71

718

11,223,901

Source: Forbes Business

 
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7 weeks ago

RM47mil KWSG contributions still unclaimed

Jun 9 2014 7:54am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: About RM47 million of contributions in the Teachers Provident Fund (KWSG) still remain unclaimed, the Dewan Rakyat was told today ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
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7 weeks ago

Gold shop lost almost RM1mil

Jun 9 2014 3:50am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KANGAR: A gold shop owner lost almost RM1 million after after the safe on in his shop was broken ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
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7 weeks ago

Motion to debate MAS losses in Dewan Rakyat rejected

Jun 9 2014 3:39am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: AN emergency motion to debate the losses incurred by Malaysia Airlines last year, amounting to RM1.2 billion was rejected ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
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7 weeks ago

MH370 Tragedy: Hisham: RM27.6 mil spent on 1st phase of SAR

Jun 9 2014 2:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia spent some RM27.6 million in its first phase of the search operations for missing Malaysia Airline flight MH370, said Acting Transport Minister, Datuk Seri ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
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7 weeks ago

9.1m litres of diesel seized in a month

Jun 8 2014 1:11am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives, and Consumerism ministry has seized some 9.1 million litres of diesel and property worth RM58 million since mounting ‘Operasi Diesel Selatan’ in the southern s ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
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8 weeks ago

Girl, 9, awarded RM2.78m compensation for medical negligence

Jun 6 2014 4:56am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: A nine-year-old girl who suffered brain damage during her birth at a government hospital was awarded over RM2.7 ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
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8 weeks ago

Malaysia's total trade in April up 12pc

Jun 5 2014 11:52pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's total trade in April 2014 rose by 12 per cent from a year ago to RM123.86 billion due to growing trading activities, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Moha ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
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8 weeks ago

Works Ministry to spend RM20m for upgrading works at 50 accident black spots

Jun 4 2014 11:35pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

JOHOR BARU: The Works Ministry will implement upgrading works at 50 accident prone locations in the country that have been identified this year involving an allocation of RM20 m ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
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2

8 weeks ago

Najib launches loan scheme for Ramadan traders

Jun 4 2014 10:24pm CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launches RM45 million Ramadan Bazaa ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 
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1

8 weeks ago

Residents bring up objection against Kidex to Suhakam

Jun 4 2014 4:49am CDT | Source: Business Times Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: A group of 20 Petaling Jaya residents held a meeting with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) over their objection against the proposed RM2.2 billion ...
Source: Business Times Malaysia   Full article at: Business Times Malaysia
 

 

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