The Lego Movie stacked its way to the top of the weekend box office yet again.
There was probably a lot of celebrating over at Warner Bros. this weekend. The studio’s animated hit easily trumped the competition, generating $31.3 million from moviegoers. This cinematic gravy train shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Thanks to positive word of mouth and a slew of strong reviews, The Lego Movie has earned $183 million in the US alone. Plug the picture’s $92 million foreign total into the equation and you walk away with $275 million worldwide. On a $60 million budget, that’s extremely good business.
Not surprisingly, the folks at Warner Bros. are busy getting a sequel in the cinematic oven. The studio hopes to have the sequel in theaters around the world in May of 2017. You’ll have to wait a while before the adventure properly continues, but at least you know it’s coming.
Although it shocked absolutely no one that The Lego Movie dominated the box office once again, there were a few unexpected twists over the weekend. The Kevin Costner thriller 3 Days to Kill climbed into the number two spot with $12.2 million in ticket sales.
While this may not sound like a number worth celebrating, the film only cost around $28 million to make. Given the action genre’s popularity in foreign markets — movies using the Taken template are very popular overseas — chances are Costner’s flick will have plenty of cash in the bank by the time it leaves theaters.
The same will likely ring true for director Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii. The movie made a disappointing $10.3 million in the States, though it snagged $22 million in other territories. Anderson’s movies tend to operate in this fashion, though recouping that $100 million production budget could prove problematic if business doesn’t pick up.
The power of the foreign box office certainly helped the RoboCop remake find success in recent days. While moviegoers in the US seemed largely indifferent to its existence, the film fortunately found an audience overseas. The film’s foreign total stands at a respectable $100 million, pushing its worldwide gross to $144 million. However, it’s doubtful Sony will try its luck with a sequel.
Considering the lack of prominent releases lined up for this Friday (February 28), there’s a very good chance The Lego Movie could rise to the top of the box office for the fourth time. Did you see the family-friendly animated hit in theaters? Do you plan to check it out again before it begins its adventure on home video?