February 18, 2014 by Vinnie Leduc
Everything is still awesome for The Lego Movie. After its $69.1 million debut stacked up to the second-highest ever for a February release, the 3D family comedy repeated with a towering $62.5 million for a comfortable win at the domestic box office over the extended Presidents’ Day holiday weekend and set a new four-day record by topping rom-com Valentine’s Day.
The acclaimed animated flick’s numbers may have gotten a little boost with 3D ticket sales and a few years of inflation, but the feat is still impressive because this was The Lego Movie‘s second weekend of release, whereas previous record-holder Valentine’s Day actually opened on a Valentine’s Day Friday back in 2010.
About Last Night, an ’80s rom-com remake, failed to give Kevin Hart a fourth weekend win of the year (his buddy cop movie Ride Along three-peated last month). Its initial take of $27.8 million trailed distantly behind The Lego Movie‘s sophomore weekend gross, but it was the biggest opening for a rom-com since that of Think Like A Man, which also featured Hart, nearly two years ago.
Not far behind was our #11 most anticipated movie of the year, the RoboCop remake. It might have been able to capture the silver spot if not for an early Wednesday release last week that burned off about $5 million. With a domestic cume of $30 million so far and an additional $70 million (and counting) from international markets, where it dominated last week, the nine-figured production should be fine once it’s all said and done.
Left off the podium was historical war dramedy The Monuments Men in its second weekend. The holdover’s total gross of $46.6 million is the highest ever for a film directed by George Clooney.
Rounding out the top five, which you can check out below via BOM, was yet another ’80s remake. Thanks to a marketing campaign that emphasized the Valentine’s Day release date, Endless Love debuted with the second-most front-loaded openings of all time. The romantic drama attracted 55.8% of its first weekend’s business last Friday as a date movie. Apparently that was all it was good for.
However, the weak debut of Endless Love was awesome compared to that of the fourth wide release of the holiday weekend, Winter’s Tale. The $60 million fantasy literary adaptation opened to only $8 million for eighth place. Maybe Colin Farrell needs to stick to supporting roles.
The upcoming weekend throws a couple of action flicks into the mix. The Lego Movie will try to three-peat against Paul W. S. Anderson’s Pompeii, a disaster drama that may be trying to get a two-week jump on the next 300, and McG and Luc Besson’s 3 Days to Kill, a thriller starring Kevin Costner.
Here are the numbers for the top five of the domestic box office during the extended four-day weekend:
- The Lego Movie — Weekend Gross: $62.5 million — Total Gross: $142.8 million (#1 last week)
- About Last Night — Weekend Gross: $27.8 million — Total Gross: $27.8 million (new)
- RoboCop — Weekend Gross: $25.1 million — Total Gross: $30.0 million (new)
- The Monuments Men — Weekend Gross: $17.9 million — Total Gross: $46.6 million (#2 last week)
- Endless Love — Weekend Gross: $14.4 million — Total Gross: $14.4 million (new)