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Weekend Estimates: LEGO Unstoppable at Top

February 23rd, 2014

Lego poster

The LEGO Movie will see off two more challengers for box office supremacy this weekend, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. 3 Days to Kill will open with $12.3 million, soft for a film that cost $28 million, while Pompeii will barely reach $10 million, disastrous for a film that cost $80 million or $100 million, depending on who you talk to. That leaves The LEGO Movie miles ahead, with a projected $31.4 million for the weekend and $183 million or so in the bank after 17 days in release. It'll be down 37% from last weekend—an impressive result considering last weekend was a holiday.

Other movies in the top 10 are generally being clobbered by the comparison with the long weekend. Frozen is the best-performing of the bunch, down just 30% in its 14th weekend in theaters. Everything else is down at least 45%, and About Last Night and Winter's Tale will both crash by around 70% from their Valentine's-Day-fueled debuts.

The standout performer in limited release this weekend is The Wind Rises. Technically, it's not opening, because it already had Oscar-qualifying screenings at the end of 2013, but this is the first time it's been able to reach a general audience, and its $306,000 in 21 theaters is an impressive start.

- Weekend Estimates

Bruce Nash

Filed under: Weekend Box Office, Pompeii, Frozen, About Last Night, Winter's Tale, Kaze Tachinu