All the pieces connected for "The Lego Movie" at the box office this weekend, as the 3-D animated release far exceeded industry expectations to post the biggest opening of the year.
The family film debuted with a robust $69.1 million, according to an estimate from distributor
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Box office: A Feb. 10 Calendar section article on weekend box office results referred to "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" as a forthcoming Disney release. It is a DreamWorks film. —
Before "The Lego Movie" hit theaters, it was clear the film was resonating with critics — the film currently has a 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But those who saw the film this weekend loved it too, assigning the picture an average grade of A, according to market-research firm CinemaScore. With word-of-mouth likely to prove positive, the movie could end up grossing close to $200 million — especially given that the next family film due out,
The success of "The Lego Movie" is a major win for Warner Bros., which isn't a huge player in the animated space. The studio financed the film for just under $70 million, a sum considered cheap for a genre in which most movies cost upwards of $150 million to produce. Warner's hasn't released an animated film since 2011, when its
Dan Fellman, the studio's president of domestic distribution, said the strong performance of "The Lego Movie" all but guaranteed a sequel — one that could even prove competitive enough to open in the summer or holiday season.
While children and their parents flocked to "The Lego Movie," an older crowd settled in for "Monuments Men." About 75% of those who showed up for the
The movie's opening is the best by far for Clooney, who co-wrote the script with his producing partner
Like with "Ides," Clooney also acts in "Monuments Men," which follows a motley crew of older, out-of-shape gentleman trying to recover famous art stolen by the
As for "Vampire Academy," the film based on the 2007 young-adult novel about a high school filled with blood-sucking students failed to interest teen moviegoers in big numbers. The few who did see the