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The LEGO movie beats Pompeii to remain on top in US

The LEGO Movie

Story by Jack Foley

THERE’S just no stopping The LEGO Movie right now. The 3D animated film has reigned supreme for a third straight weekend at the US box office.

The film took $31.5 million to comfortably hold off challenges from high profile new releases Pompeii and 3 Days to Kill.

In the US, The LEGO Movie has now raked in $183.2 million and continues to go great guns overseas, including the UK, as well.

Of the two new releases, the Kevin Costner starring 3 Days To Kill came second with $12.3 million. Based on an idea by Luc Besson and directed by McG, the film marks the latest effort by Relativity and EuropaCorp, the team behind Liam Neeson’s Taken.

It finds Costner playing an international spy looking to give up his dangerous lifestyle and repair his relationships with his daughter and his wife before he dies – only to be given one last mission that just might save his life. It co-stars Amber Heard, Hailee Steinfeld and Connie Nielsen.

Paul WS Anderson’s Pompeii, meanwhile, opened to a hugely disappointing $10 million from a $100 million budget. The 3D historical epic recounts the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and stars Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Jared Harris and Kiefer Sutherland.

The remainder of the US top five is rounded out by Robocop, which placed fourth in its second weekend with $9.4 million to take its US total to $43.6 million, and George Clooney’s Monuments Men, which remained a crowdpleaser in its third weekend, taking $8.1 million to bring its US total to $58 million.

The other box office news of note from the weekend was that Disney’s Frozen has now crossed the $980 million mark globally to become the second-highest grossing animated film of all time after Disney/Pixar title Toy Story 3 ($1.1 billion), not accounting for inflation.

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