The Lego Movie

'About Last Night,' Kevin Hart proves himself to be a major B.O. catch

Warner Bros. is estimating a better-than-expected President’s Day for box office champ, “The Lego Movie,” with the film’s four-day projection at $63.5 million, roughly 6% higher than was originally estimated on Sunday.

With a whopping $143.8 million already in the till domestically, added to more than $50 million overseas, “Lego Movie” has collected a boffo estimated $195 million worldwide in just two weeks.

The improved holiday gross for the Village Roadshow co-financed pic is expected somewhat considering is playing well with families, as well as unattached adults, who have the day off.

Observers estimate the overall four-day B.O. to be ahead of last year by about 8%.

Meanwhile, Sony-Screen Gems’ 1980s African-American targeted remake, “About Last Night,” went down slightly from earlier estimates, grossing $28.5 million, despite leading the Valentine’s day derby. That’s still a considerable weekend gross, considering star Kevin Hart has another film — Universal’s “Ride Along” — still doing sizable business in its fifth frame.

“Ride Along” landed in eighth place through Monday with an estimated $10 million, lifting its domestic cume to $117.4 million.

Universal’s heavily female-driven romancer “Endless Love,” which scored an ‘A-‘ CinemaScore, performed decently with $15.1 million over the long holiday weekend. Not surprisingly, the film — which cost a modest $20 million to produce — earned an overwhelming 80% of its domestic debut from women, with under-25 auds contributing 76% of the gross.

The heavily skewed perf leaves room to expand to older men, though that could be a tall order with action pics like “3 Days to Kill” and “Non-Stop” entering the market place during the next couple of weeks.

Those pics also will affect Sony’s male-skewing reboot “RoboCop,” which underperformed domestically, with $30.5 million in six days, though overseas, the film is expected to top out somewhere around $200 million, a break-even situation for Sony and MGM given the film’s near $100 million price tag, added to potential ancillary revenues. So far, “RoboCop” has grossed roughly $100 million worldwide.

The fourth film to bow this weekend, Warner’s “Winter’s Tale,” fell flat grossing just $8.1 million Friday-Monday, landing it in a dismal financial spot. The film was budgeted for around $60 million (not accounting for marketing).

Domestic

Film (Weeks in release): 4-day gross*; 3-day gross*; Locations; Per-theater average; Cume*; Percentage change†

  1. The Lego Movie (2): $63.5; $50.0; 3,775; $16,825; $143.8; -28%
  2. About Last Night (1): $28.5; $25.7; 2,253; $12,650; $28.5; –
  3. RoboCop (1): $25.6; $21.7; 3,372; $7,592; $30.5; –
  4. The Monuments Men (2): $18.0; $15.5; 3,083; $5,838; $46.7; -30%
  5. Endless Love (1): $15.1; $13.2; 2,896; $5,200; $15.1; –
  6. Ride Along (5): $10.0; $8.7; 2,617; $3,985; $117.4; -9%
  7. Winter’s Tale (1): $8.1; $7.3; 2,965; $2,732; $8.1; –
  8. Frozen (13): $8.1; $6.2; 2,101; $3,842; $378.3; -10%
  9. Lone Survivor (8): $4.7; $4.1; 2,018; $2,335; $119.0; -27%
  10. That Awkward Moment (3): $3.9; $3.5; 1,922; $2,012; $21.9; -34%

Overseas

Film (Weeks in release): 3-day gross*; Territories; Screens; Int’l cume*; Global cume*; Percentage change

  1. RoboCop (3): $35.0; 76; 8,406; $69.9; $100.4; +73%
  2. The Lego Movie (2): $27.7; 42; 7,100; $51.2; $195.0; -38%
  3. Frozen (12): $18.2; 40; n/a; $579.7; $958.0; -24%
  4. The Monuments Men (1): $8.9; 19; 2,365; $8.9; $55.6; –

*in millions of $

†based on 3-day

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