UPDATED: Assembling a number of industry and studio records, Warner Bros.' $60 million-budgeted animated hit "The Lego Movie" scored a stellar estimated $69.1 million domestically in its first weekend, making it the biggest opening in February for an animated movie, as well as Warner's best toon debut ever.
The film, which Village Roadshow co-financed and co-produced, successfully managed to cross over with adult audiences, considering nearly 60% of its opening came from filmgoers older than 18. Ultimately, the pic's fanboy component will help it weather the East Coast blizzards, despite Warner estimating a 32% drop on Sunday.
"This is what's amazing about our business," said Dan Fellman, prexy of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. "You look for opportunities like this and with the combination of a great brand and partner in Lego, as well as great filmmakers, we were able to achieve what I think will be a big re-entry into animation for us."
Warner launched "The Lego Movie" in 34 overseas territories, the largest of which are in Latin America, representing less than a third of the overseas market place, with $18.1 million.
Also opening wide, Sony scored a solid debut for George Clooney's WWII art-caper "The Monuments Men," which earned $22.7 million from 3,000-plus Stateside locations. Fox is distributing the film overseas, with no major territories bowing the pic this weekend.
While "The Lego Movie" successfully crossed over (and then some), the Weinstein Co.'s YA adaptation "Vampire Academy" failed to attract an audience larger than its core teen girl fanbase, grossing a meager $4.1 million domestically. Weinstein is under the gun for a modest P&A commitment, which still it is unlikely to re-coup given the dismal opening.
Meanwhile, falling to third place in Stateside standing was Universal's three-week champ "Ride Along," which collected an estimated $9.4 million, pushing the pic's cume to $105.2 million. That makes "Ride Along" the first 2014 release to reach nine figures domestically.
DomesticFilm (Weeks in release): 3-day gross*; Locations; Per-theater average; Cume*; Percentage change
- The Lego Movie (1): $69.1; 3,775; $18,307; $69.1; -
- The Monuments Men (1): $22.7; 3,083; $7,363; $22.7; -
- Ride Along (4): $9.4; 2,800; $3,355; $105.2; -22%
- Frozen (12): $6.9; 2,460; $2,811; $368.7; -23%
- That Awkward Moment (2):$5.5; 2,809; $1,972; $16.8; -37%
- Lone Survivor (7): $5.3; 2,869; $1,845; $112.6; -25%
- Vampire Academy (1): $4.1; 2,676; $1,533; $4.1; -
- The Nut Job (4): $3.8; 3,004; $1,268; $55.1; -48%
- Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (4): $3.6; 2,139; $1,683; $44.5; -32%
- Labor Day (2): $3.2; 2,584; $1,250; $10.2; -38%
*in millions of $
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