Weekend Wrap-Up

Lego Movie Destroys Sturdy Monuments at the Box Office

By John Hamann

February 9, 2014

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Dropping from second last weekend to fourth this weekend is Frozen, the Disney release that has been in wide release for an amazing 11 weekends. With new animated competition and a run that has gone one forever, Frozen’s weekend gross dipped to $6.9 million this weekend, a drop from last frame of 23%. Considering the studio launched the sing-along version last weekend, Frozen could have easily tanked this weekend, but continues to hold decently, despite a domestic gross so far of $368.7 million. Four new films will likely push ahead of it next weekend, which means it will likely be out of the top ten in two weekends. The $150 million Disney release has also racked up more than half a billion in overseas dollars and has become the ninth biggest non-sequel worldwide release ever, at approximately $910 million.

Fifth goes to That Awkward Moment, the comedy that debuted last weekend to a muted $8.7 million. The Focus release surprisingly held up decently this weekend, pulling in $5.5 million, and dropping 37%. The $8 million Zac Efron release has a total so far of $16.8 million.

That puts Lone Survivor into sixth. The Mark Wahlberg war pic earned another $5.3 million and fell 25%. Lone Survivor is the other January release from Universal that broke the $100 million mark, as it has a gross so far of $112.6 million.

Vampire Academy opens in a sad seventh spot, as audiences spotted stupid from a mile away. The ludicrous looking Harry Potter/Twilight mashup failed miserably this weekend, opening to only $4.1 million. The even better news is that it should be gone by next weekend, as Valentine’s openers should wipe this one off the map.

In eighth is The Nut Job as it gets exactly that from The Lego Movie. The Open Road release earned only $3,8 million as it declined 48% from its fourth place perch last weekend. The $42 million rodent film has now earned $55.1 million.


Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit drops to ninth, following fifth place finish last weekend. The Chris Pine release earned $3.6 million in its fourth frame, falling 32%. Domestically, Shadow Recruit is a disappointment, earning only $44.5 million so far against a $60 million budget. Overseas though, it has fared better, pulling in $61 million so far.

Tenth is Labor Day, last weekend’s romantic drama miss. After opening to $5.2 million last weekend, Labor Day can only find $3.2 million this weekend, equalling a drop of 38%. The $18 million Paramount release has a gross so far of $10.2 million.

Dropping outside of the top ten for the first time in eight weekends is American Hustle, my current favorite for a Best Picture Oscar. Hustle earned $3.1 million and declined 25%, as Sony gave up about 600 theaters. It has a gross so far of $138.2 million. Gravity earned another $1.7 million this weekend, and drops 17%. It has a domestic gross of $266.5 million, and a worldwide take of $700 million, against a $100 million budget.

Overall this weekend, the box office is large compared to last weekend’s top 12 of only $70 million. A year ago, the box office was led by Identity Thief with $34.6 million, but the top 12 took in only $86.2 million. This weekend, thanks to an $80 million plus 1-2 punch, the top 12 earned $139.4 million. Next weekend has Valentine’s Day on a Friday, and a President’s Day weekend to match. Openers include About Last Night with Kevin Hart, Endless Love from Universal, the remake of Robocop and Winter’s Tale, the fantasy with Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe.

Top Weekend Box Office for 2/7/14-2/9/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Lego Movie WARNER BROS. $69,110,000 New $69,110,000
2 Monuments Men SONY $22,700,000 New $22,700,000
3 Ride Along New Line Cinema $9,394,000 - 22% $105,166,590
4 Frozen DISNEY $6,914,000 - 23% $368,678,000
5 That Awkward Moment Focus Features $5,540,000 - 37% $16,848,035
6 Lone Survivor UNIVERSAL $5,293,305 - 25% $112,579,591
7 Vampire Academy Weinstein Co. $4,101,000 New $4,101,000
8 The Nut Job Open Road Films $3,809,000 - 48% $55,081,664
9 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit PARAMOUNT $3,600,000 - 32% $44,469,000
10 Labor Day Walt Disney Pictures $3,230,000 - 38% $10,172,000
11 American Hustle SONY $3,100,000 - 25% $138,180,000
12 The Wolf of Wall Street PARAMOUNT $2,570,000 - 24% $107,884,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Kids For Cash Senart/paladin $40,800 New $40,800
  A Field In England Drafthouse Films $5,013 New $5,013
  Tim's Vermeer Sony Classics $39,011 New $127,563
  Gloria Roadside Attractions $250,000 + 48% $550,000
  August: Osage County Weinstein Co. $1,511,000 - 49% $34,320,120
  Her WARNER BROS. $737,000 - 38% $22,470,000
  Philomena Weinstein Co. $809,000 - 16% $26,683,922
  Nebraska PARAMOUNT $700,000 - 39% $14,940,000
  Dallas Buyers Club Focus Features $631,000 - 54% $23,703,486
  12 Years a Slave FOX SEARCHLIGHT $800,000 - 45% $47,331,300
  Gravity WARNER BROS. $1,685,000 - 18% $266,488,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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