“The Lego Movie” leads this weekend’s Box Office

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Every Sunday, I’ll be bringing you a box office report. Nothing too in depth for now, but at the very least a look at how the new releases and notable holdovers did financially. Sometimes, this can clue us in about the awards viability of certain films, while other times, it signals the beginning or end of a certain trend in Hollywood. Regardless, it’s just another bit of the movie world that’s interesting to take a look at, so that’s what we’ll be doing.

Leading the way this weekend was The LEGO Movie, which opened hugely, taking in an estimated $69.1 million, easily besting George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, which opened to $22.7 million, for second place. The other new release of note was Vampire Academy, which was no Twilight, as it barely reached $4.1 million for the weekend and debuted at number seven. A few independent films opened in limited release as well (notably A Field in England and Kids for Cash), but none of them really caught on. We’ll see if the weeks to come are kinder.

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The LEGO Movie now is surely the start of a franchise, while The Monuments Men overcame less than stellar reviews to open better than expected, especially considering the bad buzz that surrounded the move from Oscar season last year. As for Vampire Academy, plain and simple…no one went to see it.

Among the notable holdovers in theaters, Ride Along finished third at $9.3 million (breaking the $100 million mark in the process) and Frozen made $6.9 million, good for fourth place and enough to make it 2013’s highest grossing animated flick. Congrats to both of them.

Here’s what the top ten looked like at the box office for this particular weekend:

1. The LEGO Movie – $69,110,000

2. The Monuments Men – $22,700,000

3. Ride Along – $9,394,000

4. Frozen – $6,914,000

5. That Awkward Moment – $5,540,000

6. Lone Survivor – $5,293,000

7. Vampire Academy – $4,101,000

8. The Nut Job – $3,809,000

9. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit – $3,600,000

10. Labor Day – $3,230,000

Photos Courtesy Warner Bros

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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