Weekend B.O. Feb. 7-9 (‘Lego’ Dethrones ‘Ride Along’ Which Has Now Crossed The $100 Million Mark)

Weekend B.O. Feb. 7-9 (‘Lego’ Dethrones ‘Ride Along’ Which Has Now Crossed The $100 Million Mark)

The Lego Movie finally was the film that knocked Ride Along off its No 1 box office perch
for the last three weekends in arrow.

The independently
financed animated film released by Warner
Bros,
which is really aimed more towards adults than kids and has been rightfully
so getting rave reviews, calling it much more funnier and savvier than the usual simplistic kids movie, made $69
million
this weekend.

Predictions
are that the film will easily coast to at least a $200 million domestic box office take and will pretty much dominate the
rest of the month of February into March.

And it’s possible that The Lego Movie could have done even more than $69 million if most of the country wasn’t still digging
out and recovering from the brutal weather early last week. Already
meteorologists are saying that this winter has been the coldest that the Midwest alone has
seen in 30 years and it isn’t over yet.

But no worries for Ride Along which landed in third place and has grossed well past the $100 million mark. Funny how there had been predictions that The Best Man Holiday, which stalled at $70 million and A Madea Christmas which hasn’t gotten past $52 million, were a sure thing to make $100 million and fell way short, but no one was predicting Ride
Along to do it. It wasn’t even on anyone’s radar. But then again, that’s the
nature of the film biz.

Meanwhile, the
other big release, George Clooney’s The
Monuments Men,
a throwback to big action 60’s World War II action movies
such as the Guns of Navarone, The Train
and Where Eagles Dare, pulled in a very respectable. $22 million, which is about what the film was excepted to do.

However, tepid
reviews calling the film dull and meandering didn’t help. The film was originally
scheduled to be released during the 2013 Xmas season, but Sony pushed its release date back, claiming the at the special effects
weren’t ready. Though, most likely, the real story is that, once they saw the film, the studio realized that it was no Oscar contender, and pushed it back until now.

The Weinstein Company’s Vampire Academy flat-out flopped and will be gone from most
theaters by the end of the week. And if you’re keeping count, 12 Years A Slave is now at $47.3 million and has made  $100
million
worldwide to date.

1) The LEGO Movie WB $69,110,000 
2) The Monuments Men Sony $22,700,000 
3) Ride Along Uni. $9,394,000 Total: $105,167,000 
4) Frozen BV $6,914,000  Total: $368,678,000 
5) That Awkward Moment Focus $5,540,000 Total: $16,848,000 
6) Lone Survivor Uni. $5,293,000 Total: $112,580,000 
7) Vampire Academy Wein. $4,101,000 
8) The Nut Job ORF $3,809,000 otal:$55,082,000 
9) Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Par. $3,600,000 Total:$44,469,000 
10) Labor Day Par. $3,230,000  Total:$10,172,000 
11) American Hustle Sony $3,100,000 Total:$138,180,000 
12) The Wolf of Wall Street Par. $2,570,000 Total: $107,884,000  

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Comments

Daryl

Most movies going to movie theaters now I just like brands being sold to you from the shelf. Very seldom will you see interesting films at theaters on a wide release level. I'm not surprised by ride along success, that type of comedy cliche has always been sucessful Grown Ups being another example. Hollywood has sucessfully conditioned the moviegoing audience to fall in love with just brands, not if the movie is good, that's why I say vod is the best option for filmmakers unless you just want be a brand a product with no feelings or emotions, just something that is sold to you with some slick marketing. Ride Along and countless other movies proves this, you can have a terrible movie and still make a 100 to 200 million. Another example Battleship was a flop but it still made 300 million worldwide and we know how terrible that movie was.

Dave's Deluxe

Sergio, honestly, as an avid reader of the trades (Variety, Hollywood Reporter, etc), NO ONE was predicting 100 million for "Best Man" (or Madea) except for Shadow & Act.

Angela

Black movies are a hit or miss, it would seem. The Best man Holiday deserved Ride Along's box office success. Sad it didn't reach the 100 million mark. Great movie.

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