Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: February 9th, 2014

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Everything is awesome at this weekend’s box office, as two new releases opened stronger than projected.

Opening at number 1 is The LEGO Movie (read our review) with an impressive $69 million. While the Phil Lord and Chris Miller-directed animated feature did not break any box office records, it came close, both for the month of February and for original animated features. That’s doubly impressive considering analysts projected the film might open at about $40 million.

Word of mouth and reviews for the film have been overwhelmingly positive, with few having anything negative to say about it. Warner Bros. clearly saw the signs that The LEGO Movie was going to be a hit and have already hired a writer to pen the sequel. Even if they don’t direct the follow-up, Lord and Miller are now 3-for-3 on franchise-spawning releases (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, and now The LEGO Movie).

Coming in at a distant number 2 is The Monuments Men (read our review) with $22.7 million. Like The LEGO Movie, The Monuments Men exceeded expectations, likely thanks to its solid marketing push and stellar cast. It doesn’t hurt that the film purports to highlight an interesting piece of history either.

For director George Clooney, The Monuments Men‘s opening is his best yet, well ahead of films like The Ides of March and Leatherheads. That said, the film still has a steep upward climb toward making back its $70 million budget.

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Ride Along is the number 3 film this weekend with $9.3 million. After three straight weeks at number 1, Universal’s red-hot comedy lost its top spot but is the first 2014 film to cross the $100 million mark. So far the film has grossed $105 million.

In at number 4 is Frozen with $6.9 million. Although the debut of The LEGO Movie all but put an end to Frozen‘s impressive box office run, the film begins its downward decline after having staked its claim on both the domestic and worldwide box office top 5. The film has made $368 million after 12 weeks.

Rounding out the top 5 is That Awkward Moment with $5.5 million. While raunchy R-rated comedies and films targeted at younger females tend to have substantial drop-offs in their second weekend, That Awkward Moment held surprisingly well. Not to mention the film has already doubled its $8 million budget with $16 million thus far.

Coming in at number 6 is Lone Survivor with $5.2 million, bringing its domestic total up to a very impressive $112 million. With two $100 million grossers (Ride Along and Lone Survivor) after the first month, Universal looks to continue its dominance of the box office in 2014.

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The number 7 film this weekend is Vampire Academy (read our review) with $4.1 million. Although the film hoped to capture a piece of the same young adult audience that helped fuel franchises like Hunger Games and Twilight, it wasn’t meant to be. Add Vampire Academy to the growing pile of YA adaptations that failed miserably and lost all hope of kick starting a franchise.

In at number 8 is The Nut Job with $3.8 million. While Open Road Films’ animated feature had been holding well over the past weeks, it saw a bigger drop than most with the debut of LEGO Movie. That said, the film has grossed $55 million after 4 weeks and already secured a sequel.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the number 9 film this weekend with $3.6 million, which brings its domestic total after four weeks up to $44 million. The Chris Pine led reboot had high hopes heading into release, and there was even talk of a new franchise brewing, but unfortunately audiences aren’t as interested in the Jack Ryan character as they once were.

Rounding out the top 10 is Labor Day with $3.2 million. Now at $10 million after two weeks, the Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet drama should clear its $18 million budget when all is said and done, but not by much.


[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, February 10th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. LEGO sales must be booming! More than usual, anyways. Glad to see the movie doing well.

    • @boogoo

      BoxOfficeMojo lists the weekends take for THE LEGO MOVIE at just north of 69 million doemstically and 87 million globally. I’d say those are pretty solid numbers for a February Animated release thats based on a toy.

      • Definitely. I meant LEGO toy sales must be booming. :)

        • INterestingly enough the LEGO brand has been doing well for a number of years. The LEGO GROUP went thorugh some rough times and had to reorganize but when it first begain licensing Star Wars for the LEGO STAR WARS line that marked the bounce back for the company.

          The STar Wars line has always been strong for LEGO although I believe they may finally coming to the end of that money tree since you can come up with just soo many new STar Wars vehicles and characters before people stop just buying every new set you release. That said they have found new lines with sucess like the popular and politically hot LEGO FRIENDS line whcih is targeted at girls.

          Many of the more militant like feminists have a problem with the LEGO FRIENDS because its too girly like. I am a father of 2 girls and I can tell you first hand they love the fact that they now have a way to get girly like Lego sets/bricks/figures. The only people finding controversy in the LEGO FRIENDS are the ones who want the idea of the sexes being different to go away all together.

          I;d say the most unique and solid performer they;ve come up with in teh last decade aside from the FRIENDS line is the modular sets which are full sized, to scale buildings that make up a city from the houses to the stores and even community structures like Town Hall. These tend to be between $150 and $200 each (they are typically 2,000+ bricks each) and that puts them out of range for the casual Lego buyer but for those who can dish out that much for as et the modular buildings offer up a way to construct your own LEGO city and thats just what me and my girls have been doing for the last 5 years. If you want to see a perfect example of one of these then google LEGO TOWN HALL.

          • It’s almost impossible to be a “casual” Lego buyer. Everything is ridiculously priced and you can’t even find a non-themed Lego set to have kids use their imaginations to build what they want.

      • And it still has to release here in the UK on February 14th. Looking forward to it.



  3. Frozen is winding down? Not at all. It’s foreign markets had no decline over last weekend for this movie. Frozen is on the road to 1 Billion, and yes, will gross over Toy Story 3′s 1.06 Billion. With Japan to come, and China just opening, along with strong ticket sales all around, the sky’s the limit for this one, no? An amazing film, truly deserving the attention.

    • Frozen was number 7 in the UK last week (Lone Survivor opened above it at 6) so it’s slipping down pretty fast here. I think overnight numbers showed Frozen to be at number 8 or 9 already in this week’s update.

  4. I saw both Vamp Academy and Lego Movie today. Vamp Academy… not bad.



  6. Vic

    Will there be a LEGO MOVIE Discussions article/Post? In light of the (surprising) fact that there are some in the movie critic circles that actually despise/Hate the film and who have made comments about the story falling apart and/or not understanding certain aspects of the plot I’d like to have a place where we can post comments that would be considered spoilers.


  7. I’m not sure its that audiences have grown weary of Jack Ryan – we LIKE spies, see Bourne, Bond, and Hunt. But we like them to have a bit of fire in them and we just got none of that in the build up to Shadow Recruit. I like Branagh as a Director but only when he has a good script. He will not elevate a poor or average script (see Spielberg, Mann etc).

  8. I only wear black…And sometimes dark grey…


  10. Little bit of UK box office weekend news.

    Mr Peabody And Sherman opened at number 1 with £3.9million. Robocop opened second with £2.4million and Dallas Buyers Club opened 4th with just over £1million.

    Also, RIP Shirley Temple.