September 17, 2014
Lego Movie remains on box-office perch for third week
The Lego Movie, an animated film that depicts a world based on the colourful toy blocks, collected US$31.5 million to lead US and Canadian box office charts for a third consecutive weekend.
The new Kevin Costner spy thriller 3 Days to Kill was a distant second after pulling in US$12.3 million for the period from Friday to Sunday, according to studio estimates.
The big-budget Roman-era disaster movie Pompeii generated ticket sales of US$10 million in its first week in theatres to claim the No. 3 spot.
RoboCop, a remake of the 1987 science fiction film about a part-man, part-cyborg crime fighter, was fourth with sales of US$9.4 million, according to studio estimates provided by box office tracking firm Rentrak.
Since opening on February 7, Lego has been leading the box office and has taken in a total of US$183.2 million domestically, according to Rentrak. “Lego is significantly overperforming our wildest expectations,” said Jeff Goldstein, executive vice-president for theatrical distribution at Warner Brothers, which distributed the movie.
“It’s moved way beyond a family-based film to include tweens, young adults and older adults as well. It’s just funny,” he added, explaining its wild success. The studio has already announced a Lego sequel, which it plans to release for the Memorial Day weekend in 2017.
Pompeii, which was made for US$100 million, is set in 79 A.D. and stars Kit Harington from the HBO hit show Game of Thrones. The opening fell short of the forecast by its US distributor Sony of sales between US$12 million and US$15 million.
3 Days to Kill, written by French action film director Luc Besson, and starring Costner as an over-the-hill spy trying to connect with his estranged daughter, cost only US$28 million to make.
Rounding out the top five, Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney and based on the true story of US soldiers who rescued art masterpieces from Nazi thieves, took in US$8.1 million.