Weekend Wrap-Up

Lego, Last Night Find Valentine Success

By John Hamann

February 16, 2014

The Lego Movie celebrates NBA All-Star weekend. Relatedly, did you know it's NBA All-Star Weekend?

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The good news for Robocop is that this one is already popping overseas, and is approaching $30 million in territories outside of the United States and Canada already. It has a long way to go, though, as Robocop will likely need $275 million worldwide to see any kind of profit after marketing costs are added to that $100 million cost to bring it to the screen. Reviews won’t help much, as they are split down the middle; however, the B+ Cinemascore might mean it’s working for fans of the genre. We will know a lot more about the future of Robocop by the time next weekend rolls around.

Fourth goes to last weekend’s other opener, The Monuments Men, which had a decent hold thanks to the long weekend, and a big day on Friday. The Monuments Men took in $15 million and was off 32% compared to its debut frame. The $70 million film should match its production budget stateside, and then, given the international appeal of the stars, should do very well away from North America.

Endless Love, our third '80s remake of the weekend, finishes fifth. Really just a Valentine’s confection, Endless Love had a decent Friday ($7.3 million), finishing ahead of Robocop, but then faded as the weekend went on. In the end, the Universal release had a decent three-day gross of $13.4 million from 2,896 venues. Reviews were as bad as expected (14% fresh), but those that love this kind of thing showed up and liked it (A- Cinemascore). Had it opened alone this weekend, Endless Love may have flown, but with all of the busy theaters, Universal should be happy with what it has. This one cost $20 million to make, so the studio will be content with a $45 million finish.

Sixth spot goes to Ride Along, and if numbers are accurate, it grossed more this Friday ($3.4 million) than it did last Friday ($2.6 million). In the end, Ride Along benefits from the lack of romantic comedies in the top ten (and Kevin Hart appears in both of them). Ride Along took in $8.8 million, down just 9% compared to the previous frame. It has a total domestic gross now of $116.1 million, against a production budget of only $25 million.


Seventh is Winter’s Tale, our last opener. Like Endless Love, Winter was eviscerated by the critics, and couldn’t overcome a poor marketing campaign and bad buzz heading into the weekend, despite a decent cast. Winter’s Tale took in $7.8 million over its opening frame for Warner Bros., and will have to work hard over the next few weekends if it hopes to match its $45 million budget stateside. This is the other Warner Bros./Village Roadshow combo in the top ten, so The Lego Movie will have to make up for the expected financial shortfall from Winter’s Tale.

Eighth is Frozen, and like Ride Along, Frozen perks up again this weekend thanks to the holidays. Frozen earned another $5.9 million this weekend, down 15% compared to last weekend’s take. Now in its 12th wide weekend, Frozen has earned $376 million stateside, and $580 million from overseas venues.

The rest of the top ten are the also-rans, as Lone Survivor, everyone’s favorite Valentine’s film, grossed $4.1 million and dropped 27%. It has earned $118.4 million stateside against a $40 million budget. That Awkward Moment lands in tenth with a gross of $3.3 million. That’s off 36% from last weekend, but brings the gross up to $21.4 million against an $8 million production budget. Finally, Vampire Academy finishes outside the top ten with $1.9 million, as it drops 51% compared to last weekend.

Overall, the box office is white hot, thanks the alignment of holidays. The top 12 pulled in a massive $160.4 million, which compares very well against last year’s top 12 which took in $126.1 million. Next weekend should be quieter, as Sony TriStar releases Pompeii, and Relativity opens 3 Days to Kill starring Kevin Costner.

Top Weekend Box Office for 2/14/14-2/16/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Lego Movie WARNER BROS. $48,810,000 - 29% $129,113,000
2 About Last Night SONY $27,000,000 New $27,000,000
3 Robocop MGM $21,500,000 New $26,400,000
4 Monuments Men SONY $15,000,000 - 32% $43,670,000
5 Endless Love UNIVERSAL $13,379,520 New $13,379,520
6 Ride Along New Line Cinema $8,759,160 - 9% $116,132,955
7 Winter's Tale WARNER BROS. $7,785,000 New $7,785,000
8 Frozen DISNEY $5,855,000 - 15% $376,046,000
9 Lone Survivor UNIVERSAL $4,076,325 - 27% $118,402,491
10 That Awkward Moment Focus Features $3,337,000 - 36% $21,399,946
11 American Hustle SONY $2,550,000 - 17% $141,570,000
12 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit PARAMOUNT $2,340,000 - 34% $47,700,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  Vampire Academy Weinstein Co. $1,925,000 - 51% $6,676,999
  Labor Day Walt Disney Pictures $1,275,000 - 60% $12,464,000
  Tim's Vermeer Sony Classics $56,746 + 45% $201,736
  The Nut Job Open Road Films $1,791,000 - 52% $57,500,000
  The Wolf of Wall Street PARAMOUNT $1,885,000 - 27% $110,600,000
  August: Osage County Weinstein Co. $849,000 - 43% $35,730,807
  Her WARNER BROS. $605,000 - 17% $23,314,000
  Philomena Weinstein Co. $1,442,000 + 81% $30,515,107
  Nebraska PARAMOUNT $505,000 - 28% $15,760,000
  Dallas Buyers Club Focus Features $404,000 - 33% $24,304,321
  12 Years a Slave FOX SEARCHLIGHT $544,000 - 33% $48,200,000
  Gravity WARNER BROS. $1,005,000 - 40% $267,927,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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