The irreverent, 3D animated comedy from
That should secure "Lego Movie" a third-straight weekend victory and add to its already impressive domestic total of about $150 million. "Lego Movie" has passed $200 million in global ticket sales, including the U.S. and Canada.
Meanwhile, the special effects epic "Pompeii," directed by
The action-romance could generate roughly $15 million in its debut in theaters, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys -- better than Anderson's 2011 effort, "Three Musketeers," though not as strong as any of the "Resident Evil" movies.
"Pompeii" was produced by Constantin Film and Impact Pictures with financing from Constantin and FilmDistrict to the tune of $80 million and is getting distribution from
The PG-13 film stars
Relativity and Europacorp, the French company behind the "Taken" franchise, co-produced and co-financed "3 Days to Kill."
Neither "Pompeii" nor "3 Days to Kill" has received many positive reviews from critics. As of this writing, "Pompeii" has a 33% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and "3 Days to Kill" has a score of 17%.
The new releases will have to contend with holdovers
"About Last Night," a remake of the 1986 Rob Lowe-
"RoboCop," another 1980s remake, has grossed $32 million from the U.S. and Canada since its debut last Wednesday, a less-than-stellar start considering its budget of more than $100 million. However, its international performance has already pushed it past the $100-million mark worldwide.