“The Lego Movie” rocked the box office with a huge $69.1 million debut over the weekend. The mega star-studded movie is voiced by Chris Pratt, Will Arnett, Cobie Smulders, Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill to name a few. The animated movie features many superheroes such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern. The movie follows Emmet who is mistaken as being the Master Builder. Soon everyone’s hopes rests on the shoulders of the ordinary guy to save the Lego universe. He is joined by the superheroes as they prepare to defeat the evil tyrant Lord Business who wants to glue Lego world together.
“The Lego Movie” is the biggest opening film of the year so far, and boasts as the second largest February opening ever after Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” which debuted to $83.8 million. The Warner Bros. animated movie directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“21 Jump Street”, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” ) adds $18.1 million overseas, with a total estimated cume of $87.2 million.
George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men” stood in the shadow of the animated movie, but the true-story film also stood its ground this weekend with a respectable $22.7 million debut. “The Monuments Men” are tasked by the FDR to secure pieces of art and other culturally important items from Nazi thieves. In addition to directing and starring in it, Clooney wrote the script and produced it along with Grant Heslov. The film is supported by Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban.
“Ride Along” is pushed down to third place after holding the top spot for three straight weeks. The cop comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube adds $9.4 million, and crosses the $100 million mark in domestic total. Disney’s “Frozen (2013)” is still holding on, moving down two spots from last week to no. 4 with an estimated $6.9 million. Zac Efron’s ”That Awkward Moment” rounds up the top 5 with approximately $5.5 million.
Quick look at the top-grossing pictures in North American theaters, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:
- “The Lego Movie” – $69.1 million
- “The Monuments Men” – $22.7 million
- “Ride Along” – $9.4 million
- “Frozen (2013)” – $6.9 million
- “That Awkward Moment” – $5.5 million
- “Lone Survivor” – $5.3 million
- “Vampire Academy” – $4.1 million
- “The Nut Job” – $3.8 million
- “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” – $3.6 million
- “Labor Day” – $3.2 million