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"LEGO" Tops, "Robocop" Stalls At Box-Office

By Garth Franklin Sunday February 16th 2014 08:59PM

A combination of a Valentine's Day Friday and the Presidents Day holiday tomorrow has led to a free-for-all at the U.S. box-office this weekend where four new films joined the fray alongside last week's box-office behemoth "The LEGO Movie".

Unsurprisingly, 'LEGO' easily stayed on top and fell just 29% in its second outing. The animated feature scored an estimated $48.8 million for the three days, and has an expected four-day gross of $60 million. By the end of the holiday on Monday it'll reach a total of $145 million domestically.

Of the four films released this weekend, three were remakes of 1980s movies. Performing the best was "About Last Night" which came in second with a highly impressive $27 million - more than double its reported $12.5 million budget. 'Night' also scored the best reviews of the newcomers with a 76% (6.2/10) Rotten Tomatoes score along with a 62/100 Metacritic score.

The film cements comedian Kevin Hart's status as a solid box-office opener in his own right - his January comedy "Ride Along" is still in the top ten at number six, a sleeper hit that has amassed $116 million so far from a $25 million budget.

Coming in third at the box-office was "Robocop," the new and PG-13 take on Paul Verhoeven's very R-rated 1987 sci-fi classic. Armed with mediocre reviews (49% & 5.5/10 on RT, 52/100 on MC) and a Wednesday opening, the $100 million-budget film made just $21.5 million for the three-day weekend. Through Monday its six-day total is expected to be a very disappointing $30 million.

International is where the film's bacon has been saved, the movie launched in many markets on Thursday and Friday and has earned $70 million overseas so far with major markets like China, Brazil and Japan still to come.

The last of the new remakes was "Endless Love," the teen romance drama which made a so-so $13.3 million for the three days. Both the original 1981 film and this remake have been heavily panned, though the original was a solid box-office performer. This one probably won't be.

The fourth new film, and the only non-remake, was Akiva Goldsman's romantic fantasy "Winter's Tale" which made just $7.8 million for the three days. Reviews were atrocious, 14% on Rotten Tomatoes alone, and at a costly $57 million the forecast is not good.

Last week's "The Monuments Men" held well with a 32% drop to fourth place with $15 million. "Frozen," "Lone Survivor" and "That Awkward Moment" rounded out the top ten with "Frozen" edging toward the billion dollar mark globally and now sits as the No. 3 animated title of all time (excluding rereleases).

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