Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: February 23rd, 2014

Here's our box office report for the weekend of February 23rd, 2013 – featuring new releases 'Pompeii' and '3 Days to Kill.'

Feb 23 Box Office - 3 Days to Kill

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.

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

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.

Disney's Frozen (Review)

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.


[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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