George Clooney's World War II art heist film advanced into theaters Thursday night with a studio-estimated $550,000 in ticket sales from showings starting at 7 p.m.
"Monuments Men," a Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox co-production that cost $70 million to make, is expected to gross roughly $20 million domestically through Sunday.
The Thursday figure is shy of what Sony's Oscar-nominated Tom Hanks starrer "Captain Phillips" did in its Thursday debut. That picture, which opened in October, brought in $600,000 from screening starting at 8 p.m. and went on to generate $25.7 million in its first weekend.
Warner Bros.'s new animated feature "The Lego Movie," which is expected to gross at least $50 million over its opening weekend, laid the building blocks Thursday with $400,000, starting at 10 p.m.