Rounding out the weekend of February 7-9, 2014, The LEGO Movie dominated over the competition, leaving the box office battlefield victorious. Box Office Aftermath is an ongoing column dedicated to recapping the weekend’s total ticket sales. Each week, combatants enter the cinematic war zone, bloodthirsty for your cash. But there can only be one true winner. In Box Office Aftermath, we will take a look at the numbers, how previous contenders fared, and provide a brief analysis of the results.
Debuting as the second, all-time highest grossing film for a February release, The LEGO Movie destroyed the competition this weekend. The LEGO Movie is now among some of the top grossing original animated features to have ever been released, which opened to $69.05 million. Big kudos go to Chris Miller and Phil Lord for making such a phenomenal film.
Also releasing this weekend was George Clooney’s The Monuments Men. Placing second, the movie only managed to take away $22 million, which isn’t bad, but not great for such an A-list cast and $70 million budget. Regardless, this is Clooney’s biggest debut as a director and seventh highest opener as an actor.
Ride Along finally bowed out of first to third place this weekend with $9.58 million. The Hart-Cube buddy comedy has made a good run in the top spot for three weeks in a row and has now made a total of $105 million domestically. Not too shabby for a $25 million budget. That has sequel written all over it.
Hanging in at fourth, after its eleventh straight week in the top five, Frozen continues to see a mountain of cash at its feet. Raking in $6.87 million, the little Disney film that could surpassed Despicable Me 2 as the highest grossing animated feature of 2013. Obviously nobody’s wallets were frozen this winter.
And coming in fifth is Lone Survivor, which did not budge an inch. Coming out with $5.56 million, Lone Survivor has done pretty well for itself with a domestic total gross of $112 million. Good work Mr. Wahlberg.
In its second weekend out, That Awkward Moment fell from third to sixth with only $5.23 million to its name. The sad mistake for a rom com has at least doubled down on its $8 million budget with a total domestic gross of $16.54 million, but I can’t expect it to get past $35 or even $30 million at the rate it’s going.
Another film released this weekend and it just completely bombed; that movie is Vampire Academy. Scraping away a pitiful $3.92 million, Vampire Academy continues a long stream of young adult adaptations that has little audience and no mainstream appeal. It fails on all levels and Hollywood needs to learn its lessons in taking chances on such garbage. (Read my full review here.)
And finally, Labor Day, which debuted last weekend fell from seventh to tenth. Grossing only $3.18 million, this could be director Jason Reitman’s financially worst movie ever. Young Adult did end up with only $16.31 million, so it may surpass that, but just barely. Juno ($143 million) and Up in the Air ($83 million) are still his most successful works to date.
(Click the image below to enlarge the charts. All figures are domestic box office.)
Until the next weekend bout, this has been your Box Office Aftermath.
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Source: Box Office Mojo