Weekend Box Office: The LEGO Movie Pulls A Trifecta, Pompeii Goes Up In Flames

By Scott Gwin 2014-02-23 21:27:01discussion comments
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Things keep snapping into place for The LEGO Movie. The animated feature dominated the box office for a third weekend in a row, adding $31 million to its impressive $183 million total. Very few animated films show that kind of staying power. The last animated film to do so well going into its third weekend was Shrek 2 ($38 million).

Second place went to 3 Days to Kill, which earned a slight $12 million. It marks the second lowest opening for director McG and puts the PG-13 action flick in a position to bank only a modest return on its $28 million price tag.

Disaster flicks usually do fair business at the box office, but Pompeii went down in volcanic flames. With just $10 million on its opening weekend and only $22 million from foreign sales, it's the latest in a series of financial flops to roll out this year.

What has been declared as Hayao Miyazaki's final farewell to the fans of his animated masterpieces, The Wind Rises has already earned more than $100 million internationally. It debuted state-side in just 21 venues but still took in more than $300,000. The movie is set to expand into a limited 450 venue release next week.

For the full weekend top ten, check out the chart below:

The LEGO Movie    $31,450,000 Total: $183,160,000 LW: 1    
THTRS: 3,890
3 Days to Kill *   $12,300,000 Total: $12,300,000 LW: N     
THTRS: 2,872
Pompeii *   $10,010,000 Total: $10,010,000 LW: N     
THTRS: 2,658
RoboCop (2014)    $9,400,000 Total: $43,600,000 LW: 3    
THTRS: 3,372
The Monuments Men    $8,100,000 Total: $58,050,000 LW: 4    
THTRS: 3,064
About Last Night (2014)    $7,400,000 Total: $38,150,000 LW: 2    
THTRS: 2,253
Ride Along    $4,667,000 Total: $123,173,000 LW: 6    
THTRS: 2,186
Frozen    $4,357,000 Total: $384,061,000 LW: 8    
THTRS: 1,891
Endless Love (2014)    $4,301,000 Total: $20,142,000 LW: 5    
THTRS: 2,896
Winter's Tale    $2,130,000 Total: $11,224,000 LW: 7    
THTRS: 2,965

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