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Weekend B.O. Feb. 7-9 (‘Lego’ Dethrones ‘Ride Along’ Which Has Now Crossed The $100 Million Mark)

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by Sergio
February 9, 2014 12:18 PM
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The Lego Movie finally was the film that knocked Ride Along off its No 1 box office perch for the last three weekends in arrow.

The independently financed animated film released by Warner Bros, which is really aimed more towards adults than kids and has been rightfully so getting rave reviews, calling it much more funnier and savvier than the usual simplistic kids movie, made $69 million this weekend.

Predictions are that the film will easily coast to at least a $200 million domestic box office take and will pretty much dominate the rest of the month of February into March.

And it’s possible that The Lego Movie could have done even more than $69 million if most of the country wasn’t still digging out and recovering from the brutal weather early last week. Already meteorologists are saying that this winter has been the coldest that the Midwest alone has seen in 30 years and it isn’t over yet.

But no worries for Ride Along which landed in third place and has grossed well past the $100 million mark. Funny how there had been predictions that The Best Man Holiday, which stalled at $70 million and A Madea Christmas which hasn’t gotten past $52 million, were a sure thing to make $100 million and fell way short, but no one was predicting Ride Along to do it. It wasn’t even on anyone’s radar. But then again, that’s the nature of the film biz.

Meanwhile, the other big release, George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, a throwback to big action 60’s World War II action movies such as the Guns of Navarone, The Train and Where Eagles Dare, pulled in a very respectable. $22 million, which is about what the film was excepted to do.

However, tepid reviews calling the film dull and meandering didn’t help. The film was originally scheduled to be released during the 2013 Xmas season, but Sony pushed its release date back, claiming the at the special effects weren’t ready. Though, most likely, the real story is that, once they saw the film, the studio realized that it was no Oscar contender, and pushed it back until now.

The Weinstein Company’s Vampire Academy flat-out flopped and will be gone from most theaters by the end of the week. And if you’re keeping count, 12 Years A Slave is now at $47.3 million and has made  $100 million worldwide to date.

1) The LEGO Movie WB $69,110,000 
2) The Monuments Men Sony $22,700,000 
3) Ride Along Uni. $9,394,000 Total: $105,167,000 
4) Frozen BV $6,914,000  Total: $368,678,000 
5) That Awkward Moment Focus $5,540,000 Total: $16,848,000 
6) Lone Survivor Uni. $5,293,000 Total: $112,580,000 
7) Vampire Academy Wein. $4,101,000 
8) The Nut Job ORF $3,809,000 otal:$55,082,000 
9) Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Par. $3,600,000 Total:$44,469,000 
10) Labor Day Par. $3,230,000  Total:$10,172,000 
11) American Hustle Sony $3,100,000 Total:$138,180,000 
12) The Wolf of Wall Street Par. $2,570,000 Total: $107,884,000  
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6 Comments

  • Daryl | February 9, 2014 6:45 PMReply

    Most movies going to movie theaters now I just like brands being sold to you from the shelf. Very seldom will you see interesting films at theaters on a wide release level. I'm not surprised by ride along success, that type of comedy cliche has always been sucessful Grown Ups being another example. Hollywood has sucessfully conditioned the moviegoing audience to fall in love with just brands, not if the movie is good, that's why I say vod is the best option for filmmakers unless you just want be a brand a product with no feelings or emotions, just something that is sold to you with some slick marketing. Ride Along and countless other movies proves this, you can have a terrible movie and still make a 100 to 200 million. Another example Battleship was a flop but it still made 300 million worldwide and we know how terrible that movie was.

  • Dave's Deluxe | February 9, 2014 1:43 PMReply

    Sergio, honestly, as an avid reader of the trades (Variety, Hollywood Reporter, etc), NO ONE was predicting 100 million for "Best Man" (or Madea) except for Shadow & Act.

  • Dave's Deluxe | February 9, 2014 10:03 PM

    All right. I stand corrected. Allow me to re-phrase: as an avid reader of all the trades THAT MATTER.

    Most of those other bone-head sites make bone-head predictions (EFILMCritic proves point.) However, as a fan of your work (oftentimes your S&A partners come off as too fanboy-ish for my tastes) I have a feeling we're just going to have to respectfully agree to disagree on this point. All good, at any rate.

  • sergio | February 9, 2014 5:19 PM

    You don't even all the film business trades and online film biz sites. There were a few like EFILMCritic who were predicting a $100 mil gross or near that for Madea and Best Man.

  • Angela | February 9, 2014 1:38 PMReply

    Black movies are a hit or miss, it would seem. The Best man Holiday deserved Ride Along's box office success. Sad it didn't reach the 100 million mark. Great movie.

  • Accidental Visitor | February 9, 2014 2:06 PM

    I haven't seen Ride Along so I'm not sure if it is worthy of making $100 million, but I'm certain Best Man Holiday didn't deserve to do so. So much undeserved hype for that film.

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