After the drought that was January 2014, we finally enter the second month of the year, where quality starts to pick up a bit. Sure, January had its fair share of hits (Lone Survivor, Ride Along), with the latter going into the record books.
The first weekend of February brings us The Lego Movie, starring (deep breath) Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, as well as Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Cobie Smulders in small roles.
The animation film, which holds a top-notch 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, follows Emmet (Chris Pratt), your everyday guy, as he stops the evil tyrant Lord Business (who Fox News is already bashing as liberal propaganda).
'Lego' brought in $17.1 million yesterday, on par with similar animated pics (The Lorax brought in $17.5 million on its first day). If The Lego Movie holds similarly, we're looking at a $68.4 million weekend. But a more conservative estimate would be around the $60 million mark. This would make it the second highest opening weekend in the month of February. With no competition whatsoever until Mr. Peabody and Sherman (March 7), The Lego Movie should hold well in the coming weeks, and could even be in line for $200 million total. Not surprisingly, a sequel is already in development.
Oh, right, there were other movies playing this weekend.
The Monuments Men debuted to No. 2 on its first day in theaters (The pic is currently holding 33 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) stars George Clooney, Bill Murray, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Jean Dujardin, known for The Artist. The World War II drama made $7 million yesterday, a bit higher than some predictions pegged it. It should end the weekend with about $20 million. With no adult-skewing films opening until The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Monuments Men should have a nice lucrative run, but its alarming B+ CinemaScore suggests wobbly word-of-mouth.
Ride Along, the Kevin Hart/ Ice Cube comedy that held the top spot for three weeks was finally dethroned, and charged to No. 3 on Friday. The PG-13 comedy made $2.6 million on Friday, and will pass $100 million this weekend. Look for 'Ride Along' to nab $9 million or so this weekend, and it should ultimately wind up with around $120 million total.
The No. 4 spot ended up going to last week's release, That Awkward Moment, starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller, and Michael B. Jordan. The romantic comedy made $1.7 million yesterday, and will ultimately wind up with $5 million in its second weekend, plunging about 40 percent. By the end of its run, That Awkward Moment will have made around $25-30 million, but, fortunately, the film was only produced for only $8 million.
Vampire Academy, which was distributed by The Weinstein Company, proved to be the latest YA adaptation flop, with $1.4 million on Friday, following in the footsteps of recent mishaps, including The Host ($26.6 million), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones ($31 million) and Beautiful Creatures ($19 million). The fantasy film will end up with $3-4 million this weekend, but was expected to perform in the high single-digits this weekend.
Check back tomorrow for the full box office report.
Wednesday sees the release of the PG-13 version of RoboCop, which is currently getting decent reviews at best, some calling it thought-provoking similar to the 1987 original, others calling it the same special effects driven crap that dominates the box office with bloodless action. Full predictions Tuesday.
The Friday that follows sees the release of Endless Love, Winter's Tale and About Last Night. Of the three About Last Night could perform similarly to The Best Man Holiday, which opened with $30 million and closed with $70 million. More details on Tuesday's post.
Yeah, not so much going at the movies next weekend.