March 3, 2014 by Vinnie Leduc
Only something of biblical proportions over Oscar weekend could stop The Lego Movie‘s impressive streak at the domestic box office, but only modern badass Liam Neeson could do better than God. High-altitude thriller Non-Stop, an honorable mention for one of our most anticipated movies of the year, took off over the weekend, got some divine assistance from fellow opener Son of God, and grounded The Lego Movie‘s bid to extend its back-to-back-to-back reign and become the first movie since the first Hunger Games to four-peat.
Everything is still pretty awesome for The Lego Movie though because it became the first 2014 movie to cross the $200 million mark. It settled for third overall behind the surprisingly strong debut of Son of God, which only closely trailed Non-Stop‘s $28.9 with an initial take of $25.6 million, the second-highest ever for a Christian movie (Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ grossed a little more than that in one day a decade ago).
3 Days to Kill, McG’s Kevin Costner spy thriller, settled in fourth place with a sophomore take that barely held off historical war dramedy The Monuments Men in its fourth weekend. Only about $10,000 in gross separated the two movies.
This left the RoboCop remake out of the top five. The sci-fi action flick may not be getting much love stateside, but it led the international box office and continues to do much better overseas.
For Disney’s hit 3D musical Frozen, which grabbed a couple of wins over the Oscar weekend, the success was further sweetened by its becoming the second animated movie ever (and 18th overall) to hit the billion dollar milestone in global gross.
The upcoming weekend introduces 300: Rise of an Empire, an honorable mention on our list of most anticipated movies, and Mr. Peabody & Sherman, an animated family flick.
Here are the numbers for the top five of the domestic box office over the weekend via BOM:
- Non-Stop — Weekend Gross: $28.9 million — Total Gross: $28.9 million (new)
- Son of God — Weekend Gross: $25.6 million — Total Gross: $25.6 million (new)
- The Lego Movie — Weekend Gross: $20.8 million — Total Gross: $209.1 million (#1 last week)
- 3 Days to Kill — Weekend Gross: $4.95 million — Total Gross: $20.8 million (#2 last week)
- The Monuments Men — Weekend Gross: $4.94 million — Total Gross: $65.6 million (#5 last week)