'Lego Movie' snags first place with $69.1M debut

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This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows the character Bad Cop/Good Cop, voiced by Liam Neeson, in a scene from "The Lego Movie." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, file)
This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows characters, from left, Benny, voiced by Charlie Day, Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, Vitruvius, voiced by Morgan Freeman, Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks and Unikitty, voiced by Alison Brie, in a scene from "The Lego Movie." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, file)
Luke Franks seen at the UK screening of "The Lego Movie - The Awesome" on Sunday, February 9th 2014 in London, UK. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision AP Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 10: People attend 'The Monuments Men' Premiere on February 10, 2014 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
From left, actors Hugh Bonneville, George Clooney, John Goodman, Justus von Dohnanyi, Matt Damon, Ben Balaban, Dimitri Leonidas, Jean Dujardin and Bill Murray arrive on the red carpet for the film The Monuments Men during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival on Saturday Feb. 8, 2014, in Berlin. (AP Photo)
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Ice Cube, left, and Kevin Hart in a scene from the film, "Ride Along." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, file)
Kristen Bell attends the world premiere of "Frozen", on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
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Michael B. Jordan, Zac Efron and Miles Teller seen at Focus Features 'That Awkward Moment' Premiere, on Monday, January, 27, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Focus Features/AP Images)
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From left, Alessandro Nivola, Shea Whigham, Elisabeth Rohm, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Paul Herman accept the award for best acting ensemble for "American Hustle" at the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)
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NEW YORK (AP) -- "The Lego Movie" snapped into place for moviegoers with a $69.1 million debut. The strong opening was the biggest yet of 2014 and assured Warner Bros. of a new animated franchise devoted to the interlocking toy bricks.

Also debuting over the weekend was George Clooney's "The Monuments Men," about Allied forces' effort to rescue artworks taken by the Nazis in World War II. It earned $22 million, according to final box office figures Monday.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Rentrak, are:

1. "The Lego Movie," Warner Bros., $69,050,279, 3,775 locations, $18,291 average, $69,050,279, 1 week.

2. "The Monuments Men," Sony, $22,003,433, 3,083 locations, $7,137 average, $22,003,433, 1 week.

3. "Ride Along," Universal, $9,589,940, 2,800 locations, $3,425 average, $105,312,530, 4 weeks.

4. "Frozen," Disney, $6,872,811, 2,460 locations, $2,794 average, $368,637,437, 12 weeks.

5. "Lone Survivor," Universal, $5,565,860, 2,869 locations, $1,940 average, $112,852,146, 7 weeks.

6. "That Awkward Moment," Focus Features, $5,237,186, 2,809 locations, $1,864 average, $16,545,221, 2 weeks.

7. "Vampire Academy," The Weinstein Company, $3,921,742, 2,676 locations, $1,466 average, $3,921,742, 1 week.

8. "The Nut Job," Open Road, $3,753,080, 3,004 locations, $1,249 average, $55,025,744, 4 weeks.

9. "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," Paramount, $3,531,287, 2,139 locations, $1,651 average, $44,400,702, 4 weeks.

10. "Labor Day," Paramount, $3,184,785, 2,584 locations, $1,233 average, $10,127,181, 2 weeks.

11. "American Hustle," Sony, $3,068,641, 1,640 locations, $1,871 average, $138,085,721, 9 weeks.

12. "The Wolf Of Wall Street," Paramount, $2,582,764, 1,167 locations, $2,213 average, $107,896,588, 7 weeks.

13. "Gravity," Warner Bros., $1,671,437, 701 locations, $2,384 average, $266,474,237, 19 weeks.

14. "August: Osage County," The Weinstein Company, $1,481,391, 1,327 locations, $1,116 average, $34,290,511, 7 weeks.

15. "I, Frankenstein," Lionsgate, $1,476,556, 1,427 locations, $1,035 average, $17,483,849, 3 weeks.

16. "12 Years A Slave," Fox Searchlight, $816,563, 678 locations, $1,204 average, $47,347,837, 17 weeks.

17. "Philomena," The Weinstein Company, $797,653, 504 locations, $1,583 average, $28,672,575, 12 weeks.

18. "Her," Warner Bros., $731,145, 457 locations, $1,600 average, $22,464,032, 8 weeks.

19. "Nebraska," Paramount, $703,207, 525 locations, $1,339 average, $14,943,275, 13 weeks.

20. "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug," Warner Bros., $688,196, 537 locations, $1,282 average, $255,398,374, 9 weeks.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.


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