Warner Bros struck gold with their first animation feature for three years, ‘The Lego Movie’, after a Saturday flurry powered it to a sensational $69m opening weekend from 3,375 theatres at the North American box office. This was a good $20-25m above already high market expectations, capitalising on strong reviews and an ‘A’ CinemaScore. The animation comedy had a modest $60m budget and a sequel is already under way.
George Clooney enjoyed a solid opening with his art recovery drama, ‘The Monuments Men’, which grossed a higher than expected $22.7m from 3,083 theatres. Audiences liked it more than critics, generating some positive word of mouth with a reasonable ‘B+’ CinemaScore.
The other wide release, ‘Vampire Academy’, bombed after receiving bad reviews and a disappointing ‘B-‘ CinemaScore. Weinstein’s teen fantasy could only muster $4m from 2,676 theatres over the three days.