‘RoboCop’ Getting Crushed by ‘Lego Movie’ at Box Office


Sony and MGM's $100 million remake unlikely to break $18 million over holiday weekend

Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” will be the big winner of the President’s Day weekend box office while openings of Sony’s “RoboCop” remake and Warner’s “Winter’s Tale” look disappointing, early forecasts indicate.

“Lego,” with $80 million in its first week, is showing impressive staying power with a Friday projection around $13 million for a 4-day total ranging from $50 million to $60 million. The computer-animated comedy should surpass “Ride Along” as the year’s top grosser by Sunday.

The “RoboCop” reboot, starring Joel Kinnaman, took in $5 million on Wednesday and Thursday and appeared headed for a  four-day total in the high teens — well below recent forecasts and a downbeat portent for a film that carries a $100 million price tag with MGM co-financing. The action film, a remake of the 1987 cop hit, has already grossed $40 million from 27 international markets.

Early results were even gloomier for fantasy romancer “Winter’s Tale” with $4 million on Friday and a four-day total in the $11 million range. “Tale,” starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay has a price tag of nearly $60 million.

Sony-Screen Gems’ “About Last Night” was turning in the best performance of the new entries with about $10 million on Friday for a 4-day cume of mid-to-high $20 millions for the ensemble comedy, led by Kevin Hart.

Trackers noted that Friday’s actual numbers could vary significantly from forecasts, citing improved weather and Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday — which led to to far stronger advance sales than usual.

Universal’s “Endless Love” launched respectably with opening-day estimates from $5.6 million to $7 million. “Love,” which only cost $20 million, could finish the four days with nearly that amount already in the bank.

Sony’s “Monuments Men” was showing respectable legs with forecasts for $15 million for the four days. The George Clooney-Matt Damon starrer grossed nearly $29 million in its first week.

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  1. It\’s actually very difficult in this busy life to listen
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  2. JasonD says:

    JESUS CHrist it was bad…. 30 mins of the film was a sour note. I could have written a better script….believe me. They did their best to modernise it but should have kept the violence as well as the orginal armour,forget dat black, RIDICULOUS SUIt. DIRECT TO DVD. I knew when i saw dat rubber suit,it was going to suck. The story sucked. There were some good parts** SPOILER ALERT**

    Him seeing his son in distress,made him solve his own murder.But boi the part the doctor said the illusion of free will was utter matrix bull……. Imma write robocop 2 before they mess it up.

  3. Problem is Hollywood isn’t making movies worth watching, they think it’s safe to copy the work of others. Example Spike Lee’s remake of Old Boy or just betting on gimmicks like 3D, no effort on creativity and talent. I was once a movie addict, that was back when movies were worth spending money on. Now I wait till they come out and read the reviews, so far very few movies are worth $10+ to see.

    • Meatdawg says:

      Well said Stoic N., I couldn’t have said it better. Special effects and 3D gimmicks are a poor substitute for well-written orignal movies. I say avoid Hollywood when they resort to tactics like this. When they get enough box-office flops maybe they’ll take a hint and hopefully move on to something more original.

  4. aarondbell says:

    It’s so obvious. Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube overall are draining major profit shares from the theaters. If I ever go into the movie business, I’m going to aim for direct-to-home-theater productions and the Oculus Rift.

  5. Deni says:

    But, who will Olivia Munn latch herself onto if Joel Kinnaman is not the success here that he is in Sweden? That whore might have to get an actual job.

  6. harry georgatos says:

    A PG13 ROBOCOP is an oxymoron! Needed to be more visceral and intense then philosophical!

  7. Brent says:

    They should have made RobertCop, based on the cheap Robocop knockoff toys from the early 90s. RobertCop. He’s a cop called Robert. See the dollar signs, MGM! Make it happen!

  8. Lis says:

    MGM love raping the classics.

  9. Meatdawg says:

    I say boycott “Robocop”, ‘Eneless Love”, “About Last Night” (three new eighties remakes), and any other remakes movie remakes. If Hollywood can’t come up with any original movies then we shouldn’t partronize them. I’m sick and tired of the paucity of originality from Hollywood. The origianl “Robocop” had a certain wit and low budget charm that can’t be improved upon. Hollywood thinks that by using overpaid actors and bloated budgets they can improve on the original, the vast majority of the time they can’t. What Hollywood doesn’t realize is that “retelling” a movie is like hearing a joke for the second or third time, it is a case of the law of diminishing returns. Hollywood figures that if a movie is over twenty years old then there’s a whole new audience from the coveted youth market that will flock to the mutiplex to see it. Sometimes this pays off box office-wise but it doesn’t say much for the Hollywood aesthetic.

  10. The Kingslayer says:

    Hollywood needs to learn that nobody wants PG-13 remakes of classic movies.

  11. Frank says:

    I know this isn’t everywhere but here in queens I don’t think anyone is going to the movies with all this insane weather we’ve been having. Maybe other areas are similar?

  12. Which one is the plastic figurine in the photo from?

  13. Darren says:

    I knew when it’s was first announce about this movie it would be a roboflop

  14. Peggy Allen says:

    Colin Farrell can’t open a movie. When is Hollywood going to figure that out? Is he some huge star overseas or something? Russell Crowe can’t open a movie either.

  15. kenmandu says:

    They should have made “Lego-Cop”…

  16. Alexis says:

    Endless love was amazing, did not expect it to be THAT great and the theater was packed

  17. cadavra says:

    And so ROBOCOP apparently joins CARRIE, RED DAWN, FAME and PELHAM 123 on the list of MGM remakes that almost nobody lined up for. How many more before they finally get the hint?

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