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



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.

'The Lego Movie's' Huge Opening Sparks Sequel Details

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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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mia February 10 2014 at 10:06 PM

It is CCccccccccccccccolllllllddddd

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goodgrief61945 February 11 2014 at 10:27 AM

Didn't "12 Years A Slave"win all kinds of awards? And only 47 mil after 17 weeks?

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shindogdiggity88 goodgrief61945 February 11 2014 at 11:11 AM

Only reason it won awards is because people didn't want to be labeled a "racist".

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MICHAEL shindogdiggity88 February 11 2014 at 2:56 PM

i kinda figured that myself.

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lawrencefishberg February 11 2014 at 6:57 AM

What a bunch of garbage....

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Fran February 11 2014 at 12:01 PM

saw the new clooney movie (Monuments) ..... was just OK. Over rated and overdone hype.
Glad Lego kicked his butt.
George is getting a little stale to me, maybe he should stay out of the "political light" and concentrate on what he is suppose to do best. !!!!!

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danabnnc Fran February 11 2014 at 2:24 PM

Yeah, it didn't get very good reviews. I think it was rated a 2 out of 5.

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pat10s February 10 2014 at 10:51 PM

The Lego Movie, are you kidding me? This thing about making dumb movies about kids toys has gone too far. The rich picture companies are just wasting peoples time and money. Makes a good baby setter for useless parents.

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hiddenhillsfun February 11 2014 at 12:47 PM

You people are ridiculous. Most of the comments here are coming from people who have not seen this movie. I took my family to see it, and it is excellent. Very good humor for children and adults, excellent message, and yes, clean. There are plenty of "family" movies out, or on video, and the mediocre ones dont do well. Lego is a phenomenon among toys, stronger now than is was when I was a kid, 45 years ago. it is not "lincoln logs or tinker toys" We could do a lot worse than to have more movies written like this.

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jennifer February 11 2014 at 10:14 AM

I saw this movie with my daughters this weekend and it was very good. I enjoyed the details of the Legos, even the water was made up of little blue and white circle pieces. It was really a very family friendly movie. The ending kind of surprised me. (I guess I was really caught up in the story!) I liked how the dad realized it was better to play with his kid, not be so uptight. Enjoy playing with the Legos together. Spend time with your kids, interact with them. That's what I got out of it.

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pineconeposter3 February 10 2014 at 11:02 PM

Are you sh*ing me??? This movie looks so tarded. I guess the next movie they'll make is for light brite

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ebneila February 11 2014 at 1:13 AM

You know we're in trouble when a movie about Lego toy characters takesbox office first place. Of course there is nothing wrong with children's appeal for such movies, but the majority attending are adults. Americans now rely on escapism to such an extreme they have forgotten about the real world that once necessitated great acting talent, good script and writing. Now, if movies don't depict CG explosions, pointless plots and lots of female cleavage,-- they don't get noticed

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msgoe February 11 2014 at 8:17 AM

when there is no other kids movie to see ... they have to watch this one ... the results do not mean anything but a lack of family movies out there ... but now they will read those results as we need to make these movies: "lincoln logs the movie" , "thomas the train derails" , and "match box cars return" .... also do not forget it has been a bad winter they had to get out and watch something

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Ripper msgoe February 11 2014 at 8:25 AM

Don't forget *Barbie's Dream Vacation Movie* coming to a theater near you.... 2015......LOL

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