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Weekend B.O. Feb. 14-16 (No Surprises Here)

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act February 16, 2014 at 12:27PM

It was the battle between the two remakes of 80’s movies and one was the overwhelming victor.
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About Last Night

It was the battle between the two remakes of 80’s movies and one was the clear winner.

What was no surprise was that The Lego Movie was No. 1 again on this weekend’s box office chart. The film simply works and goes far beyond what would be considered to be a children’s movie. With a dropoff of just 29% the film looks like it will eventually hit $300 million, equaling the take of Disney/Pixar’s animated film Up, and could potentially become one of the highest grossing animated films of 2014.

But the surprise, which was actually no surprise, is that the About Last Night remake, which grossed $27 million this weekend easily beat out that hyped up Robocop remake which was originally projected to make some $40 million and fell way short of the mark with $21 million.

But who didn’t see that coming? First of all, what rom-com doesn’t do well around Valentine Day when a lot of couples (or rather women dragging their handcuffed men kicking and screaming, who would rather have 18 inch needles through their eyeballs than suffer watching a romantic comedy) are in the mood for a romantic movie.

Also Kevin Hart is about as hot as anyone can get. So hot that people will practically show up for anything he’s in, which poses two big challenges for him. One is to keep from being overexposed… Well. O.K. so maybe he’s pretty much failed on that point.

But the second is to try to find interesting projects that use his best qualities and avoid making schlock, because they’re paying you a gargantuan paycheck, which has been the downfall of many a film comic. (I don’t need to mention any names do I?)

I still don’t find him funny though...

But who didn’t see that that Robocop film wasn’t going to do what some people thought. How could anyone improve on the 1987 original, one of the best films made during the 1980s? A  darkly comic, savage and hyper violent action thriller, but also a clever satire that attacks the corrosive nature of capitalism and throws in some heavy religoius allegory to boot.

 And the even more amazing thing is that the film and director Paul Verhoeven did it all so brilliantly. (And the even more violent sequel Robocop 2 directed by Empire Strikes Back’s  Irvin Kershner is definitely a worthwhile movie).

So then how was a bowdlerized, tame PG-13 remake made for 12 year olds, with none of the original’s satiric political and social commentary was  going to be any good or even remotely interesting? Like that disastrous  2012 PG-13 remake of Verhoeven's definitely R  rated Total Recall. Just leave Verhoeven’s films alone, make up something original and get a life.

The other major relase this weekend, Winter's Tale, suffered from terrible reviews and just tanked at the box office, once again asking the question, why do they keep trying to make Colin Farrell into a movie star when nothing works, like that Total Recall remake he starred in?

Yet George Clooney's The Monuments Men, despite equally bad reviews, held up petty well, with over $43.6 million to date, and could wind up being a solid, but not a huge hit for Sony, though the overseas box office for the film will help its total box office greatly.

1) The LEGO Movie WB $48,810,000 Total: $129,113,000 
2) About Last Night SGem $27,000,000 
3) RoboCop Sony $21,500,000 Total: $26,400,000  
4) The Monuments Men Sony $15,000,000 Total: $43,670,000 
5) Endless Love (2014) Uni. $13,380,000  Total: $13,380,000 
6) Ride Along Uni. $8,759,000 Total: $116,133,000 
7) Winter's Tale WB $7,785,000 
8) Frozen BV $5,855,000 Total: $376,046,000 
9) Lone Survivor Uni. $4,076,000 Total: $118,402,000 
10) That Awkward Moment Focus $3,337,000 Total: $21,400,000 
11) American Hustle Sony $2,550,000 Total: $141,570,000 
12) Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Par. $2,340,000 Total: $47,787,000

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