Box Office: ‘Lego Movie’ Toying with Big $60 Million Weekend

Box Office: 'Lego Movie' Toying with

Clooney's 'Monuments Men' No. 2 with estimated $24 million

George Clooney and teenage vamps, beware — Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” is much bigger than advertised.

Written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”), the 3D toon is on track to gross $60 million this weekend, making it the biggest box office debut of 2014 and the second-highest February opening of all-time.

The family movie, co-financed by Village Roadshow, is based on the widely popular toy line and riding very strong reviews (97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), not to mention premium 3D ticket prices.

WB is so confident in “Lego,” the studio has already commissioned a sequel to the $60 million-produced toon, which is playing in 3,650 locations nationwide.

The voice cast is led by Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell and Will Arnett.

Adding further firepower to the domestic box office is Sony’s “The Monuments Men,” which may reach $24 million by Sunday, based on early ticket sales.

George Clooney’s World War II drama, co-starring Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett, was originally scheduled to open in December but was delayed this past fall to allow Clooney and the studio further time in post-production.

This weekend’s other wide release, the Weinstein Company’s adaptation of the YA series “Vampire Academy,” should bow to approximately $7 million.

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  1. harry georgatos says:

    A PG13 ROBOCOP is an oxymoron!!! The fan base will be expecting an R-rated movie instead of a reflective, philosophical take that reminded me of GHOST IN THE SHELL. This pic needed to be a vigilante right-wing conservative bloodbath against scum that inhabit the streets of Detroit!! THE MONUMENT MEN seems like a bland piece of story-telling and John Frankenheimer who made THE TRAIN in the ’60’s dealing with similar subject matter made an instant classic which is not what I can say about Clooney’s effort! Sony is going from one disaster to the next and how these over-priced executives keep their jobs baffles the mind. On the other hand I can expect these executives can always blame marketing to cover their skins!

  2. Ken says:

    after an awful 2013, sony opens 2014 with monuments men which will lose money and follow that next weekend with robocop which based on studio tracking and social media metrics looks like it also won’t reach break-even. it is tough to make so many pictures that lose money.

    we’re projecting lego to surpass $65MM and perhaps hit $70MM

  3. Tom says:

    Walter Whites screen used hazmat suit is on ebay right now!!! Breaking bad is the best. Just had to say that. Lego’s are cool too.

  4. jackxp99 says:

    How can it be a movie? There was no story! They were building blocks! http://goo.gl/ySI4FJ

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