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"LEGO Movie" To Dominate Box-Office

By Garth Franklin Saturday February 8th 2014 01:43AM

While cynics dismissed it early as a big commercial, the surprise of "The LEGO Movie" is that not only is it headed towards a stellar box-office this weekend, it's also drawing rave reviews across the board.

Filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller have become known for producing quality animated films, but even they will probably be surprised by the 96% and 8.2/10 score on Rotten Tomatoes along with the 82/100 on Metacritic, which makes it one of the best reviewed animated films in years. Even some of the sternest critics have been comparing it to Pixar's best efforts - it's said to be that good.

Early estimates have the film to open with around $60 million at the U.S. box-office this weekend, making the second highest February opener ever behind only "The Passion of the Christ" with $83 million a decade ago.

George Clooney's latest directorial effort "The Monuments Men" also looks like it's going to go well with a $20-25 million opening estimated, though reviews have been mixed at best.

Young adult film adaptation "Vampire Academy" looks to be dying on arrival with estimates at no higher than $8 million and reviews utterly in the toilet with a 25/100 on Metacritic.

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