So far this year, there have been two proven bets at the box office: Legos and
That hot streak continued through the Presidents Day weekend, with
"About Last Night" is yet another win for Hart, 34, who is parlaying his success as a stand-up comedian into a serious film career. In January, his buddy-cop comedy "Ride Along" had the biggest opening of the month, and the film has since gone on to collect $117.4 million. A sequel to "Ride Along" is already in the works, and Hart has two other comedies set to roll out within the next year.
"You can't find an actor in Hollywood who works harder than Kevin," said Rory Bruer, distribution president for
Love — and a lot of money — was sent "Lego Movie's" way as well. After 11 days in release, the movie featuring characters from the famed toy brand has already grossed $143.8 million domestically, indicating that it will likely have enough stamina to rake in at least an additional $100 million before exiting theaters.
Among this past weekend's four newcomers — a batch that included two other '80s reboots, "RoboCop" and "Endless Love," along with the
Those who saw the film over the weekend liked it, assigning it an average grade of A-minus, according to market research firm CinemaScore.
Meanwhile, "RoboCop," a new spin on the popular 1987 flick, came in third with $25.6 million — a somewhat disappointing start, given that it cost so much more to produce than its rivals. After pumping $120 million into it,
But the remake, which does not boast a widely recognizable face in leading man Joel Kinnaman, may end up grossing little more than the original. In an effort to spread positive buzz about the new "RoboCop" before a crowded box-office weekend, Sony decided to open the film Wednesday. But during its first six days in theaters, the movie sold $30.5 million worth of tickets — meaning word of mouth will need to be exceptionally strong if the pricey film is to become a hit in the U.S. and Canada.
Abroad, at least, moviegoers are responding more positively to "RoboCop." The film has expanded to 75 foreign countries and has now grossed a total of $69.9 million. So far, the movie is performing best in Britain, Russia and Malaysia, where it has grossed $5.3 million and been No. 1 for three consecutive weeks.
"RoboCop" marks the first leading role for Swedish actor Kinnaman, best known for his part in AMC's
"Endless Love," a fresh take on Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 version starring Brooke Shields, opened with a so-so $15.1 million. The movie, which follows a young couple being kept apart by disapproving parents, was overwhelmingly popular with young females this past weekend. About 76% of the "Endless Love" crowd was younger than 25, and that audience liked what they saw, giving the film an average grade of A-minus.
Though the romance didn't get off to a particularly impressive start, it didn't cost distributor Universal Pictures much to make, either. The studio financed it for $20 million.
The only new movie that wasn't a remake, the time-travel fantasy "Winter's Tale," was the least popular Valentine's Day option, flopping with a dismal $8.1 million.
"It was just a miss, unfortunately," acknowledged Jeff Goldstein,
Based on Mark Helprin's 1983 novel, "Winter's Tale" was the directorial debut for Akiva Goldsman, a well-known producer and screenwriter who has worked on such hits as
"Winter's Tale," financed by Warner Bros., RatPac-Dune Entertainment and Village Roadshow for $35 million, is the latest misfire for Farrell in the last five years. The actor, 37, has appeared in high-profile box-office flops including
"In fairness," Goldstein added, "It's not just him. There was just something about this movie that didn't work. We tried hard to hit an audience that wasn't interested."