Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: February 16th, 2014

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Michael Ealy and Kevin Hart in About Last Night Reviews Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: February 16th, 2014

Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day weekend, but it was no match for the reigning king at the box office.

For the second weekend in a row, The LEGO Movie is number 1 with $48.8 million. Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s tiny animated film has firmly established itself as the film to beat in 2014, with $129 million after only two weeks. And without much in the way of competition for the rest of February, The LEGO Movie could conceivably hit $200 million before the month is up.

Coming in at number 2 is About Last Night (read our review) with $27 million. In the weekend’s battle of ’80s remakes, the Kevin Hart and Michael Ealy romantic comedy took top honors, and did so with gusto.

Yet again, and for the second time in 2014, Kevin Hart has proven himself as a huge box office draw. If it can sustain, About Last Night could be Hart’s second $100 million grosser in as many months.

The reboot of Robocop (read our review) takes the number 3 spot this weekend with $21.5 million. Prior to its release on Wednesday, most analysts figured Robocop would post a decent weekend tally and debut at number 2. Unfortunately, the relatively tepid reception from critics, as well as a sub-par box office performance on opening day, put Robocop on track for disappointment.

Feb 16 Box Office Robocop Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: February 16th, 2014

Having grossed only $26 million since Wednesday, Robocop (2014) is unlikely to make back its $100 million budget. We will have to wait to see how the film does in its second weekend, but right now it also seems unlikely that there will be a Robocop 2.

In at number 4 is The Monuments Men with $15 million. While the George Clooney-directed film did OK business in its first weekend at the box office, Monument’s Men held surprisingly well in its second. Again, marketing likely played a large part in the film’s overall success, helping it to $43 million thus far.

Rounding out the top 5 is Endless Love with $13.3 million. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Valentine’s Day weekend without some form of forbidden teenage romance movie, and Endless Love seemingly filled that role nicely. The film didn’t perform as well as, say, a Nicholas Sparks movie might, but, considering the competition, that was a tall order. And of the three ’80s remakes released this weekend, Endless Love unfortunately fared the worse.

Coming in at number 6 is Ride Along with $8.7 million. With two successful films in the top 10, Kevin Hart has further proven 2014 is his breakout year. Ride Along has grossed $116 million after 5 weeks.

winters tale mckayla twiggs colin farrell Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: February 16th, 2014

The number 7 film this weekend is Winter’s Tale (read our review) with $7.7 million. Despite a cast headlined by Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe, Winter’s Tale is the big bomb of the weekend.

Although the holiday is typically kind to romantic films, this one clearly couldn’t overcome its convoluted premise and confusing trailers. Not to mention, Winter’s Tale‘s poor performance starts Akiva Goldsman’s (Fringe) potential career in feature film direction off on a sour note.

Frozen is the number 8 film this weekend with $5.8 million. Now at $376 million domestic, Disney Animation’s mega-hit is inching ever closer to the number 2 spot on last year’s top grossers list, but it will need some help to get there. That being said, Frozen should cross the $1 billion mark when international numbers come in on Tuesday, making it one of the most successful Disney releases ever.

In at number 9 is Lone Survivor with $4 million. The film has grossed $118 million over 8 weeks.

Rounding out the top 10 is That Awkward Moment with $3.3 million. While That Awkward Moment does offer a raunchier take on romantic comedies, its time in the top 10 is coming to an end. The film bows out with $21 million total, a solid total given its $8 million budget.

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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 Tuesday, February 18th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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TAGS: about last night, box office, endless love, frozen, lego movie, lone survivor, ride along, robocop, that awkward moment, The Monuments Men, winter's tale

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  1. Poor Roboflop, oh well.

  2. I understand about Robocop for budge of 130 million dollars but according to wiki:

    Box office $96,300,000

    Its close.. Whats the problem ? Correct me if I am wrong and sorry about my English, thanks.

    • Studios only get about half a movie’s earnings, the rest go to theaters, so it actually has to more then double its budget to make money and get a sequel. Also, that budget doesn’t count the cost of marketing, which was probably expensive.

      • Thank you!

      • Probably even more than twice its budget if it is a big film. Factor in they have to get twice the budget, factor in they have to (as you said) pay off the cinemas (distribution), pay off for the marketing, and they also have to pay off the producer and the people who worked on the film, so for RoboCop to be a success it should at least make 300 million. Probably somewhere in that range.

      • No, studios get 90% of the money. With dvd sales, they will make a strong profit.

        • Studios get 55% of the theatrical gross. I don’t know where you get that 90% number from, but the 55% is from Box Office Mojo. If studios got 90% and if DVD sales made that much money, then basically every Hollywood movie would be a success.

          Maybe, with DVD Sales, Robocop breaks even/slightly in the green, but not enough to make a sequel worth it.

          • No, the studios do get 90% for blockbusters. Boxofficemojo is wrong.

            • Again, Source?

              • I emailed them and they said they take 90%.

            • Studios get a majority cut of the box office on the front end and the percentage goes down over the course of the films run. Some studios and filmmakers (like Lucas and Cameron) can get up to 100% of initial weekend box office, but the share always goes down for the studios as time goes on, which is why they are so concerned over the opening weekend and weeks.

              And I doubt Robocop has that type of deal in place, and even if it did the domestic box office so far is less then half of the production budget. And since I do not know how the split goes for the foreign markets even in these cases where the overseas box office is better, that might not be enough to make it a financial success in the studios eyes.

  3. Can’t wait for LEGO movie to debut in Belgium!!

  4. So, if that guy who’s been saying that Ice Cube was the reason for Ride Along’s success, not Kevin Heart, is around, how does About Last Night performance affect your opinion on that? And I’m not asking this in a “Hah, you were wrong!” Way, I’m legitimately curious, since it appears to be debatable at this point. ALN obviously did well, but less than Ride Along, though that could be attributed to other factors.

    • In this one, michael ealy and regina hall are also factors. Im tell I g you if hart was to be a real draw, grudge match would do fine. Don’t look for me to say that think like a man too will bomb. It will obviously succeed since its a sequel.

  5. nice to see Hart pulling in the numbers, gonna see it tonight

    i watched Robocop and i found it to be good….it wasn’t great or crap…i enjoyed Joel Kinnaman and it has some heart to the story, the only thing that i didn’t get from the movie was a big or well choreographed end scene or battle and the cgi at times was off but i believe it did the Robocop name justice….it wasn’t no Dredd which deleted my memory of the old Judge Dredd

  6. I think there won’t be any Robocop sequel after this reboot. Actually the movie was quite good 3/4ths of the way. The problem was this movie’s ending… it was so simple and anti-climactic. Box office-wise, it won’t probably earn back its production budget, in my opinion.

  7. I just don’t see the appeal of Kevin Hart. The guy isn’t funny to me at all, he’s just an annoying, shorter Chris Tucker.

  8. I Saw Robocop last night. I thought it was decent remake as id give it 2 stars. I wish the filmmakers just went hardcore rated R on it. I even heard someone had the sniffles in the row behind me, that tells ya something.

    I liked Robocop 3 more than this film. Might be in the minority but that film seemed closer to a R rating than this.

  9. Everyone that I know that went to see Robocop said it was good and that they enjoyed it.

  10. Robocop’s biggest mistakes IMO was the rating and the release date.

  11. Haven’t seen it; but the marketing for this film wasn’t very good; not to mention…why didn’t they release it in the summer ? doesn’t make much sense

  12. Well, Robocop’s highest entry was number 2 on opening weekend in the UK on the weekend of February 7-9 so yeah, not surprised at this 3rd place entry on US opening weekend. Looked crap, said to be crap, did crap.

    Hopefully that’ll teach the studios not to try and remake a classic and remove all of the soul and things people loved in the first place.

  13. Robocop was a fine movie, fine cast and good performance. The end felt flat but that’s not enough to taint the movie. The amount of hate this movie got didn’t help, it was a good remake.

  14. The movie wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad either. It was ok. It’s a shame a better sequel won’t happen. I thought the building blocks were there and it had the potential to be a great movie. An R rating, flesh out the villain (mob boss), and trim up the script a bit. It’s sad when I give a movie a pass when it’s not a disaster. At least it’s not Total Recall.