Sunday, February 23, 2014

"The LEGO Movie" dominates, while "3 Days To Kill" and "Pompeii" disappoint at weekend box office

The LEGO Movie kept its momentum through this weekend with its third start first place finish. The film grossed $31.4 million this weekend, which is a 37% drop from last weekend. The LEGO Movie has now grossed $183.1 million, and if it keeps up the momentum, it might be able to get to $250 million. For now, a safe bet would be $230 million. However, no film besides The LEGO Movie actually had a good weekend. Second place belonged to Relativity's 3 Days To Kill which grossed $12.3 million in its debut. The Kevin Costner-starred flick actually looked decent to me, but audiences didn't quite agree. The film received a "B" Cinemascore which isn't that good. I doubt that we'll hear about this one again. 

However, when you compare 3 Days to Kill to Pompeii, the former actually seems like a huge success. 3 Days to Kill cost only $28 million, while Pompeii, on the other hand, cost $100 million. The disaster flick finished in third place this weekend with $10 million. That's an absolutely awful total and with a "B" Cinemascore, Pompeii is going to need a miracle to be profitable. Looks like you can add Pompeii to the growing list of 2014 big-budget failures. RoboCop is another film that is going to struggle to be profitable and this weekend didn't help too much. The action flick grossed $9.4 million in fourth place, which is a 57% drop. That's not an awful decline, but it certainly isn't going to help the film much. RoboCop has now grossed $43.6 million. 

The Monuments Men continued its strong run this weekend with $8.1 million in fifth place. The war film dropped 47% this weekend and has now grossed $58 million. I wasn't a big fan of the movie, but I guess audiences disagreed. However, with a $70 million budget, The Monuments Men will need to stay strong to be profitable. The big shock of the weekend was the steep drop for About Last Night. The romantic comedy grossed $7.4 million this weekend in sixth place, which is a 71% drop from last weekend. I guess the word of mouth wasn't as strong as I thought it was going to be. 

Ride Along continued to stay strong this weekend with $4.6 million in seventh place. The action comedy has now grossed $123.1 million and will probably tap out at around $130 million. Frozen also continued its strong run this weekend with $4.3 million in eighth place. The animated comedy has now grossed $384 million. Frozen will probably reach $400 million by the end of its run and is also nearing $1 billion worldwide. 

Endless Love finished in ninth place this weekend with $4.3 million. The romantic drama has now grossed $20.1 million and will probably break even for Universal. And finally, Winter's Tale rounded out the top ten with $2.1 million. The Warner Bros. flop has now grossed $11.2 million, which is pretty bad for a $60 million movie. 

Next weekend sees the release of Non-Stop and Son of God in a wide release along with Stalingrad and The Wind Rises in a limited release. Here are my predictions:

1. Non-Stop- $43.4 million
2. Son of God- $27.9 million
3. The LEGO Movie- $24.1 million
4. 3 Days To Kill- $6.4 million
5. RoboCop- $6.1 million
6. The Monuments Men- $5.6 million
7. Pompeii- $4.6 million
8. About Last Night- $4.5 million
9. Frozen- $3.1 million
10. Ride Along- $2.8 million

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