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BOX OFFICE FINAL: ‘Lego’ Blocks ’80s Remakes, ‘About Last Night’ No. 2; ‘RoboCop’ And ‘Endless Love,’ ‘Men’ Round Out Top 5 In Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day Weekend

OPENING: About Last Night (Sony) No. 2, was estimated at $34.5M for four-day holiday, then $30M and now $28M to $29M, RoboCop (Sony/MGM opened Wed) No. 3 domestically with was $22M, then $25M and now $25M+ as international takes off, Endless Love (Uni) No. 5 was $20M+, then $15.1M and now $14.5M to $15M, Winter’s Tale (WB) soft and No. 7 was $11.5M, then $8.5M and now $8M.

hr_The_LEGO_Movie_96th UPDATE, 1:45 PM: Final numbers, both 3-day and 4-day Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend, are in from the studios. Some of these distribution executives are very smart in how they’ve been handling their films. Ride Along, for instance, shed 283 theaters and Frozen dropped 359 theaters to both keep their strong holds of only 9% drops. Also holding well is The Lego Movie (-28%), and Monuments Men is only down 30% in its second week in the same number of theaters. Highest per screens, not surprisingly, for the three-day were Lego and opener About Last Night. And, interestingly, Frozen in its 13th week of release and Gravity in its 20th week of release has similar per screen averages of about $2,900 which puts them both above the opening of Winter’s Tale. That hurts, but everyone in this business knows, you win some and you lose some. Here are the studio’s final numbers for the Top 20 via Rentrak:

1). The Lego Movie (WB), 3,775 theaters (0) / 3-day cume: $49.8M (-28%) / Per screen average: $13,204 / 4-day cume: $62.4M / Total Cume: $142.7M / Wk 2

2). About Last Night (Sony), 2,253 theaters / 3-day cume: $25.6M / Per screen average: $11,384 / 4-day cume: $27.8M / Wk 1

3). RoboCop (Sony) 3,372 theaters / 3-day cume: $21.6M / Per screen average: $6,430 / 4-day cume: $25M / Total Cume: $30M (includes previews) / Wk 1

4). Monuments Men (Sony) 3,083 theaters (0) / 3-day cume: $15.4M (-30%) / Per screen average: $5,020 / 4-day cume: $17.9M / Total Cume: $46.5M / Wk 2

5). Endless Love (Uni) 2,893 theaters / 3-day cume: $13.3M / Per screen average: $4,595 / 4-day cume: $14.4M / Wk 1

6). Ride Along (Uni) 2,511 theaters (-174) / 3-day cume: $8.7M (-9%) / Per screen average: $3,460 / 4-day cume: $9.8M / Total Cume: $117.2M / Wk 5

7). Frozen (DIS) 2,101 theaters (-359) / 3-day cume: $6.2M (-9%) / Per screen average: $2,964 / 4-day cume: $8M / Total Cume: $378.2M / Wk 13

8). Winter’s Tale (WB) 2,965 theaters / 3-day cume: $7.2M / Per screen average: $2,461 / 4-day cume: $8M / Wk 1

9). Lone Survivor (UNI), 2013 theaters (-856) / 3-day cume: $4M (-27%) / Per screen average: $2,030 / 4-day cume: $4.6M / Total Cume: $118.9M / Wk 8

10). That Awkard Moment (FOC), 1,922 theaters (-887) / 3-day cume: $3.4M (-34%) / Per screen average: $1,811 / 4-day cume: $3.8M / Total Cume: $21.9M / Wk 3

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Box Office: ‘RoboCop’ Can’t Blast Through Wednesday’s Winter Storm, MPAA Releases ‘Winter’s Tale’ New York Budget

By | Thursday February 13, 2014 @ 10:20am PST

robocop_2014UPDATED, Thursday, 10:33 AM: Regal has another 60 theater closures today as the winter storm is affecting millions of Americans. This ice and snow storm is knocking down power lines and also knocking out movie going. It is also challenging snowfall records in some states. But it looks like it will be breaking on Friday afternoon for most spots (not the Northeast). Just received Cinemascore on RoboCop … overall a B+ with an A- rating by those under 25 and an A for those under 18. But it’s not going to stop The Lego Movie and About Last Night from rolling right over it. And that has nothing to do with the weather. So this weekend, it’ll be 1980s remake with choices of violence and/or sex. Ain’t that America … like, totally for sure. But yesterday and today is certainly grody to the max. Lego will rule once again.

UPDATED, Thursday 8:45 AM: Power outages, theater closures … all of AMC’s 12 theaters were closed in Atlanta, GA last night … and that is just a sampling of what RoboCop‘s opening and all mid-week plays for films faced last night. Another 30 theaters were either shut down early or shuttered altogether on the East Coast from the Carolinas up through Baltimore with Philadelphia and D.C. reporting similar problems. And more of the same is expected today. Updated estimates have arrived this AM showing RoboCop took in only $2.75M, just ahead of Warner Bros.’ The Lego Movie‘s $2.1M. Not good all the way around, esp. for MGM/Sony … but Friday numbers should pick up for everyone.winters-tale-poster-636-380Meanwhile, the MPAA released Winter’s Tale New York budget numbers showing that the Warner Bros.’/Village Roadshow production spent $41,465,577 in total local expenditures breaking down as, $26,998,940 paid in wages over 5,000 people and “over $15 million with local vendors on housing, catering, wardrobes, construction, and many other services required to make a major motion picture.” And then there’s a little thing called marketing and distribution costs.

PREVIOUS Wednesday, 11: 15 P.M.: What an unfortunate day to open at the nation’s theaters — the day of one of the worst winter storms in recent memory that has blanketed a substantial part of the country in snow and heavy ice. RoboCop, MGM/Columbia Pictures’ rebooted actioner starring Joel Kinnaman as the part-human, part-robot police officer, trudged into 3,366 theaters to take in around $3M, or only $891 per screen. The storm has affected moviegoing over a wide swath in major markets from Texas to the Carolinas and is expected to travel up the East Coast, hitting some of the nation’s biggest cities tomorrow. Fingers crossed that West Coast attendance will raise the estimate in the morning. The potential downside is that storm may linger into Valentine’s Day Friday, bringing significantly lower attendance across the board in the affected areas. RoboCop opened on February 1 overseas and last weekend was No. 1 in 10 markets. It has grossed $28.7M to date and is expanding this weekend. Directed by José Padilha and written by Joshua Zetumer and Edward Neumeier & Michael Miner, the film also stars Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. The producers are Marc Abraham and Eric Newman. Read More »

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Vampire Academy’ Out of Valentine’s Day; Now Its Sony’s ‘RoboCop’ v Sony’s Kevin Hart Pic ‘About Last Night’

Vampire_AcademyMV5BMjE3NzcwMzA3N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODMwNzIzMDE@._V1_SX640_SY720_Vampire Academy is moving up and out of Valentine’s Day weekend and will now bow on Feb. 7, giving the horror pic a couple of more weeks to play before RoboCop (MGM) and the next Kevin Hart pic About Last Night coming smashing through theater doors. Okay, now that Ride Along is busting up all Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday records at the box office with an estimated $42.2M take for the three day and $48M-plus for the four-day gross, Valentine’s Day weekend looks interesting given that Sony is releasing both pictures (Robocop on the Wednesday before). About Last Night, which also stars Regina Hall and Joy Bryant, will be released through its Screen Gems moniker. Of course, one is a violent actioner and the other is a romantic comedy so much different pics, but Sony’s gotta be thrilled after seeing these grosses. Read More »

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