Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: February 23rd, 2014

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Feb 23 Box Office 3 Days to Kill Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: February 23rd, 2014

Mount Vesuvius and Kevin Costner were no match for the reigning champion, which once again dominated the box office.

For the third weekend in a row, The LEGO Movie takes the top spot with $31 million. We figured that The LEGO Movie had a clear path to February domination based on the remaining new releases, but we didn’t realize how easy that road would be. Warner Bros. latest hit is well on its way to $200 million ($183 million to-date) and showing no signs of letting up.trans Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: February 23rd, 2014

3 Days to Kill (read our review) is the number 2 movie this weekend with $12.3 million. Although the film fell in line with projections, this is still a relatively tepid performance for an action/comedy. Yes, Kevin Costner is not the big name star he once was, but the hope was that 3 Days to Kill would fall somewhere in line with the last two Taken movies in terms of appeal.

The good news is 3 Days to Kill has a solid shot at making back its $28 million budget. But the bad news is, the film’s performance, combined with the lackluster debut of Jack Ryan, calls into question whether the Kevin Costner-led Tom Clancy adaptation Without Remorse will find an audience.

Coming in at number 3 is Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii (read our review) with $10 million. While few expected the film would receive glowing reviews, Pompeii‘s disaster movie appeal laid dormant over the weekend. That could be due to a lack of star power in the cast or the decidedly clichéd approach. Whatever the case, Pompeii has little shot of making back its $100 million budget.

Feb 23 Box Office Pompeii Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: February 23rd, 2014

In at number 4 is the 2014 reboot of Robocop with $9.4 million. Of last week’s new releases, Robocop fared the best, but it still dropped about 56%. Thus far, Robocop has grossed $43 million.

Rounding out the top 5 is The Monuments Men with $8.1 million. Now at $58 million, this George Clooney-directed picture inches closer to its $70 million budget, and should get there when all is said and done.

Falling from number 2 last week to number 6 this week is About Last Night with $7.4 million. Unfortunately, it looks like the star power of this Kevin Hart-led ’80s remake dwindled without the Valentine’s Day holiday to support it. Even so, $38 million off a $12 million budget is enough to call this one a success.

Coming in at number 7 is Ride Along with $7.4 million. Kevin Hart’s other top 10 release has fared extremely well over the past 6 weeks – much better than About Last Night will fare – and has grossed $123 million.

frozen movie review Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: February 23rd, 2014

Frozen holds steady at number 8 with $4.35 million, which brings its domestic total up to $384 million. Not much change on the domestic front, but the film is creeping closer to Iron Man 3‘s $409 million.

In the worldwide box office, however, Frozen has now surpassed Despicable Me 2 for second place among 2013 releases with $980 million. Not bad for a non-Pixar Disney release. Not bad at all.

In at number 9 is Endless Love with $4.3 million. The good news is the film has broken even with $20 million thus far, but its steady decline means this is likely the last we’ll hear from the ’80s remake.

Rounding out the top 10 is Winter’s Tale with $2.1 million. Now at $11 million after two weeks, this Colin Farrell fantasy/romance flick is unlikely to make back even half of its reported $60 million budget. Ouch.

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[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 24th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. “That could be due to a lack of star power in the cast or the decidedly clichéd approach.”

    I’d hazard a guess that it could also be due to a lot of the potential audience discovering this neat little thing called a trailer, which shows you a preview of the movie in shortened form to allow audiences to decide whether or not to see a movie.

    They thus saw the trailer for Pompeii and thought “Meh, looks terrible, I’m not going”.

    • For me the fact that Paul WS Anderson was attached immediately made me opt for waiting until the movie hits DVD if I ever see it at all.

    • So a trailer would not give a hint as to the film’s tone or who stars in it?

      Right…

  2. I feel sorry for Kit Harrington and Emily Browning but hopefully, because of Pompeii’s lackluster performance, this will convince studios to stop throwing money at Paul W.S. Anderson. But I doubt it.

  3. Yeah, I’d say the trailer killed 3 Days to Kill too, more than lack of star power.
    It looked awfully stupid.

  4. Frozen is not really creeping up to Iron Man 3. IM3 is at a safe distance, and because both are Disney releases, they will probably not give Frozen the extra push that could make it pass IM3.

    Under the Lego Movie and Mr. Peabody & Sherman it’s finding its way down after one hell of a run.

    Worldwide though it’s doing a lot better than ‘not bad. not bad at all’. It’s on its way to maybe become the biggest animated movie ever. I understand the tone you tried to put in that sentence, but Frozen just deserves more praise.

    Not one of your better stories, Screenrant.

    • It still hasn’t come out in Japan, where its sure to be big, so it still has an outside shot. And why would they not push it? Disney likes making money. As much money as possible. What would be the problem for Disney if it passes IM3? That it would lose the #1 of 2013 rank? Where a movie ranks is mostly irrelevant outside of bragging rights.

      • I figured we were talking about place at the domestic box office. Worldwide it still has a chance at passing IM3, but it is indeed a slim one.

        Domestically they won’t make that marketing effort because it will only be slightly profitable and definitely not as profitable as when they put that movie into Need For Speed, Muppets most wanted or CA2.

        If Disney would not be releasing another movie this month, they could put that effort in an post-oscar campaign, to have one of the highest grosses movies of the year. Because if it passes IM3, people will always say ’2013, the year when Catching Fire only closely beat DISNEY’s (people usually like seeing that Disney made the animation movie) frozen’.

    • Yeah, I don’t see Frozen getting anywhere close to IM3′s total, but it’s certainly coming close. I have to disagree that they wouldn’t give it the extra push. After all, they already tried to get people back into the theaters with the sing-along. And, why wouldn’t they want their animation studio to actually bring in the largest sum for the year? That’s what Disney ultimately all about, after all. Animation. I would love to see Frozen beat out Iron Man 3.

      And with only roughly 20 mil. to go in order to hit a billion, it does stand a very good chance at becoming the biggest animated film ever.

    • 14 weeks writing about how fantastic Frozen is doing at the box office is not enough praise?

      I mean, there’s only so many different ways one can give this movie props.

      • He doesn’t have to praise it anymore. He can still praise it, but this doesn’t suit Frozen.

    • Looking at how much Frozen is still making on a weekly basis, depending on how much longer it is still in theaters, I think it has a very good Chance of catching IM3. Still earning 5M+ weekly on its what? 14th week? Might take a bit longer to get there, but there’s a chnace Frozen takes the number 2 spot.

      • It can come close, but it won’t make another 20 million. The Lego Movie is taking over their shtick and Mr. Peabody and Sherman will lure in all other family audiences.

        Not saying Peabody will be a huge success per se, but it’s enough to take away the last hypes from Frozen.

        But we never know! Nobody could have predicted Frozen would hit a billion dollars, not even after its more than strong opening weekend. Perhaps it will pass Avatar as well on its way, now that would be cool! ;)

  5. Pompeii, Jack Ryan, and Monuments men are all on my Netflix list. They don’t lok like the greatest movies ever made, true, but look like they might be watchable…just not “buy the DVD” material.

  6. So Pompeii is a disaster movie about a disaster movie.

  7. Is this the last we’ll see Colin Farrell as a highliner? How many flops can one man have before Hollywood pulls the plug? He must have some very interesting photos of the top West Hollywood moguls in a bus station locker.

  8. More people listens to pompeii rather than see pompeii.

    • @Chris Etrata – I actually really liked their “Nothing Happens for a Reason” album.

      Paul

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