LEGO Holds, “Pompeii” Flops At Box-Office

Warners’ “The LEGO Movie” retained its hold of the top spot of the U.S. domestic box office for a third weekend in a row. Pulling in an estimated $31.5 million, the film now has made $183 million domestically and over $275 million globally.

The animated feature easily beat the weekend’s two newcomers – the Kevin Costner-led hit man film “3 Days to Kill” and the big-budget disaster epic “Pompeii”. ‘Days’ cost $28 million and made $12.3 million in its opening, which means it will likely make a profit albeit a small one.

“Pompeii” on the other hand is literally a disaster. With a $100 million budget and terrible reviews, it made just $10 million in its opening. Historical epics normally fare much better overseas but even there it is struggling, making just $22.8 million from 37 markets.

The same can’t be said of Sony’s “RoboCop,” which continues to struggle domestically but has picked up some steam globally and now has managed to gross $150 million worldwide.

Valentine’s Day holdovers “About Last Night” and “Endless Love” plummeted from last weekend’s healthy openings with steep drops of 71% and 68% respectively.

In limited release, Hayao Miyazaki’s final animated feature “The Wind Rises” pulled in a very healthy $14,571 per screen average across 21 screens.

Finally, with a $980 million global haul so far, “Frozen” has now surpassed “Despicable Me 2” to become the second highest grossing animated film of all time.

Source: Box-Office Mojo