“The LEGO Movie” dominated the box-office this weekend, taking a mighty $50 million. That easily allowed the feature to hold first-place after its strong debut last week, awarding it with a stellar $130 million two week total. It was Valentine’s Day last Friday, so it was unsurprising to see romantic comedy “About Last Night” arrive in 2nd, especially given that it also stars current audience favourite Kevin Hart. Reviews for the film were middling, but audiences appeared suitably impressed, leading to a $27 million opening. Other new arrivals were less fortunate. “RoboCop” managed only $21.5 million on its first weekend of release, pretty dismal considering the reported $130 million budget. The sci-fi remake curried more favour with franchise fans than some were expecting, but a soft 5-day haul of $26 million should trouble MGM. It’ll probably finish south of $70 million, bad news for its various backers.
“The Monuments Men” slipped to 4th, but only dropped about 31% for a total of $43.7 million after two weeks. Given the poor word of mouth the film has incurred, that’s actually pretty solid. 5th and 7th place were occupied by other new romances “Endless Love” and “A Winter’s Tale” both more or less stalling at the gate. With its smallish $20 million budget, “Endless Love” might overt ultimate disaster (it debuted with $13 million), but “Tale” managed a paltry $7.2 million, setting it up for inevitable failure. After “Dead Man Down”, “Fright Night” and “Total Recall” this marks the latest high-profile Colin Farrell vehicle to tank. Ouch.
Box-Office - 16/02/17
1. The LEGO Movie - $50 Million
2. About Last Night - $27 Million
3. RoboCop - $21.5 million
4. The Monuments Men - $15 Million
5. Endless Love - $13.3 Million
6. Ride Along - $8.7 Million
7. A Winter's Tale - $7.3 Million
8. Frozen -$5.8 Million
9. Lone Survivor - $4 Million
10. That Awkward Moment - $3.3 Million
An Article by Daniel Kelly, 2014