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Lego Three-Peats While Pompeii Blows

By John Hamann

February 23, 2014

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Ride Along finishes in seventh place, which means we have two three-peaters in the top 10. The Kevin Hart/Ice Cube comedy earned another $4.7 million in its sixth weekend and dropped 46%. The $25 million Universal release has pulled in $123.2 million so far.

Like usual, the only non-LEGO film that doesn’t take it on the chin is Disney’s Frozen, as it enjoys its 13th straight weekend in the top 10. Frozen earned another $4.4 million this weekend, which means it was down a not-terrible 30% compared to last weekend. With a domestic gross now of $384.1 million, Frozen passes Finding Nemo, the second biggest Pixar release after Toy Story 3, and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, which grossed $381 million. It will likely finish its run as the 19th biggest domestic release ever, as #18, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, grossed $402.1 million. Worldwide, Frozen is approaching the billion dollar mark, as it has taken in about $980 million. Fun Fact: Since the turn of the millennium, only six other films have spent 13 or more consecutive weekends in the top ten: Avatar (14 weekends), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (14), Traffic (tied with 13), A Beautiful Mind (15), Chicago (16), and My Big Fat Greek Wedding (18).




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Ninth goes to Endless Love, another one of these Valentine’s Day flowers that is wilting badly after a week in release. Endless Love fell 80% from Friday-to-Friday, and earned only $4.3 million this weekend, off 68% compared to last weekend. A Nicholas Sparks movie this is not. Endless Love cost Universal only $20 million to make, and it has a gross so far of $20.1 million.

Finally in tenth is Winter’s Tale, another Valentine’s Day chocolate that has gone bad and is being thrown out. After earning $7.3 million last weekend, this Warner Bros. release fell 71% to $2.1 million this weekend, after audiences figured out that this isn’t a great film. Winter’s Tale cost $60 million to make, and has a gross so far of $11.2 million.

Overall, the box office was way down from last weekend’s three-day top 12 take of $160.4 million, but that was expected due to the holidays. This weekend the top 12 earned $97.9 million thanks to The LEGO Movie. Last year, over the same weekend, the top 12 earned $88.5 million as both Snitch and Dark Skies tanked, leaving the three-weekend-old Identity Thief in top spot. Next weekend brings Non-Stop, a Liam Neeson actioner on an airplane, and the Jesus movie, Son of God, with no Mel Gibson association this time.


Top Weekend Box Office for 2/21/14-2/23/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 The Lego Movie WARNER BROS. $31,450,000 - 37% $183,160,000
2 3 Days To Kill Relativity $12,300,000 New $12,300,000
3 Pompeii SONY $10,000,000 New $10,000,000
4 Robocop MGM $9,400,000 - 57% $43,600,000
5 The Monuments Men SONY $8,100,000 - 48% $58,050,000
6 About Last Night SONY $7,400,000 - 71% $38,150,000
7 Ride Along New Line Cinema $4,667,110 - 46% $123,172,910
8 Frozen DISNEY $4,357,000 - 30% $384,061,000
9 Endless Love UNIVERSAL $4,300,560 - 68% $20,141,815
10 Winter's Tale WARNER BROS. $2,130,000 - 71% $11,224,000
11 Lone Survivor UNIVERSAL $2,016,280 - 51% $121,747,186
12 American Hustle SONY $1,750,000 - 28% $144,130,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Wind Rises DISNEY $306,000 New $306,000
  In Secret Roadside Attractions $275,000 New $275,000
  Vampire Academy Weinstein Co. $265,000 - 86% $7,609,608
  That Awkward Moment Focus Features $1,400,000 - 60% $24,068,542
  Tim's Vermeer Sony Classics $91,317 + 58% $327,385
  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit PARAMOUNT $840,000 - 62% $49,313,000
  The Wolf of Wall Street PARAMOUNT $1,281,000 - 34% $112,800,000
  August: Osage County Weinstein Co. $385,000 - 56% $36,600,311
  Her WARNER BROS. $415,000 - 31% $23,986,000
  Philomena Weinstein Co. $1,181,000 - 23% $32,704,936
  Nebraska PARAMOUNT $400,000 - 26% $16,489,000
  Dallas Buyers Club Focus Features $276,000 - 26% $24,725,501
  12 Years a Slave FOX SEARCHLIGHT $510,000 - 9% $49,064,700
  Gravity WARNER BROS. $820,000 - 21% $269,248,000
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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