'LEGO Movie' scores third straight box office win, 'Pompeii' struggles in North America and overseas

By Daniel S Levine,

The LEGO Movie just keeps moving along. The hit animated feature from Warner Bros. won the box office for a third straight week, leaving everything else behind in the dust. It easily topped Kevin Costner’s 3 Days To Kill and the swords, sandals and volcano 3D pic Pompeii.

LEGO dropped only 37 percent, reeling in $31.5 million. According to Box Office Mojo, that’s the best third weekend for an animated film since Shrek 2’s $37.9 million third weekend.

Overall, LEGO is up to $183.2 million. A sequel is set for 2017.

Up next is 3 Days To Kill with just $12.3 million. The film is a collaboration between Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp and Relativity Media, but it didn’t quite turn Kevin Costner into an action hero like Taken did for Liam Neeson. Still, it did get a B CinemaScore Grade, so the audiences did like what they say.

The same can’t be said for Pompeii. The German production, distributed by Sony and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, flopped, grossing just $10 million. Unfortunately for financier Constantin Films of Germany, the movie isn’t doing so well overseas, either. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie has only made $22.8 million in 37 markets in total. It couldn’t even top the box office in Italy, where Mount Vesuvius is located.

Robocop dropped to $9.4 million and George Clooney’s The Monuments Men stayed in the Top 5 with $8.1 million. Despite mixed reviews, Clooney’s World War II film has made $58 million.

Also worth noting, THR reports that Disney’s Frozen has reached $980.4 million internationally. That makes it the No. 2 highest grossing animated film of all time, only behind Toy Story 3.

image courtesy of Sony Pictures



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