By Will Ashton
Boasting an already successful toy line and great reviews, everyone knew The Lego Movie was going to be bringing in the dough this weekend. But I don’t think anyone was expecting it to make $69.1 million, making it the second highest February debut ever. Or maybe that was just me. I don’t know.
Falling behind The Passion of the Christ, which made $83.8 million during its opening, the movie was still able to pull in more than $20 million than its tracking. With a budget of only $60 million, the movie is already in the clear. Bring on The Lego Movie 2.
Also doing better than expected was George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, which drew in $22.7 million over the weekend. A solid opening for the flick, though whether or not it can make back its $70 million budget is still a mystery.
Not doing as well was the other film that opened this weekend Vampire Academy, which I don’t think actually had all that many advertisements to begin with. No matter, the supernatural film only made $4.1 million, coming in at seventh place. I don’t know the budget for this one, but I’m sure it was quite a bit more than that.
Next weekend, for Valentine’s Day, sees the releases of Endless Love, About Last Night, Winter’s Tale and Robocop on Wednesday. I predict The Lego Movie to take it again, or, perhaps, About Last Night. We’ll see.
Check out the full box office below:
Weekend: Domestic Total:
1. The Lego Movie $69.1 million $69.1 million
2. The Monuments Men $22.7 million $22.7 million
3. Ride Along $9.3 million $105.1 million
4. Frozen $6.9 million $368.6 million
5. That Awkward Moment $5.5 million $16.8 million
6. Lone Survivor $5.3 million $112.5 million
7. Vampire Academy $4.1 million $4.1 million
8. The Nut Job $3.8 million $55 million
9. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit $3.6 million $44.4 million
10. Labor Day $3.2 million $10.1 million