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The LEGO Movie retains US top spot with second best Valentine weekend ever

The LEGO Movie

Story by Jack Foley

THE LEGO Movie swept all before it at both the US box office this weekend, comfortably beating competition from a number of new releases.

In America, the animated adventure took $48.8 million for the three-day weekend, which is expected to rise to $60 million by Monday, marking the second best showing of all time for the long Valentine’s Day and President’s Day holiday after Valentine’s Day ($63.1 million).

Following way behind in second place is new release About Last Night, a remake of the 1986 film starring Brat Pack members Demi Moore and Rob Lowe (which in itself adapted the play Sexual Perversity in Chicago).

Featuring African-American actors in the lead roles, including Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Kevin Hart and Joy Bryant, the film took $27 million (which is expected to rise to $30.2 million).

Another remake fared less well. Robocop took in only $21.5 million for the three-day weekend (which should rise to $25 million on Monday) – some way below the expectation levels for the $100 million costing potential franchise starter.

However, Sony are banking on the film making the bulk of its money overseas, with projections estimating the film will hit $200 million.

Directed by Jose Padilha, the film stars Joel Kinnaman in the title role and opens 27 years after Paul Verhoeven’s original debuted. It also features Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson.

George Clooney’s The Monuments Men enjoyed a strong second weekend, grossing $15 million for the three days and coming in fourth. With a four day projection of $18 million, its US total could rise to $46 million by the end of the weekend, going some way towards its $70 million cost.

Rounding out the top five, meanwhile, is yet another remake – Endless Love, the third 1980’s redo of the weekend. Starring Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde, the film took $13.4 million for the three days.

The original was directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starred Brooke Shields, Martin Hewitt and Tom Cruise.

The weekend’s fourth new opener, the Colin Farrell starring Winter’s Tale, took in a disappointing $7.8 million for its first three days, which is some way below expectation.

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