The Lego Movie has once more proved itself “The Special” at the American box office, taking the top spot for a third week running and adding $31.4 million to its domestic total of $183.1 million and more than $200 million worldwide in less than two weeks since arriving in cinemas outside the US.
It will also not surprise you to learn that the sequel, news of which was touted even before the first film hit cinemas, now has a release date, with Warner Bros. looking to peg May 26, 2017 before the competition can snag it. It's not yet clear whether it’ll be a direct sequel to the adventures of Emmett (Chris Pratt) and co. or some combination with the planned Ninjago spin-off but we do know that Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan are at work on the script.
Kevin Costner attempted to go the Liam Neeson route and blend family drama with action for 3 Days To Kill, but it appears he hasn’t had quite the same success, with the film earning $12.3 million in second. Perhaps Taken fatigue hurt his chances a little, but we’re not sure we’ll be seeing 4 Days To Kill. Paul WS Anderson’s latest, volcano-meets-romantic drama Pompeii, also found little love in the US, opening third with $10 million. Still, he won't be too worried until the international figures come in: most of his movies have made the lion’s share of their cash in Europe and beyond.
RoboCop fell one place to fourth, adding $9.4 million and scraping towards a $44 million total in the US. The Monuments Men, meanwhile, slipped to fifth with $8.1 million. In sixth place, About Last Night showed a drop, down from second and likely hit by an early Valentine’s Day surge on release that wasn’t sustained in its second weekend. It took home $7.4 million, just ahead of Kevin Hart’s other comedy, Ride Along, which fell one place to seventh with $4.6 million and a sequel already being prepared.
Frozen remains strong despite the hefty Lego competition, holding on to eighth place with $4.35 million. Endless Love fell quickly from fifth to ninth, earning $4.3 million, while (A New York) Winter’s Tale, hit by savage reviews and little audience interest, slid to 10th with $2.1 million.
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