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Warner Bros. new movie The Lego Movie has opened strong at the box office, easily outpacing the other new films of the weekend.
Lego Movie started off decently with $400,000 in Thursday night receipts, but then blasted off on Friday with $17.14 million, reports Forbes. The kid-friendly film is expected to earn about $60 million for the weekend, which would give it the top spot at the box office easily.
The other two new movies opening this weekend are Monuments Men, which boasts a stellar cast but middling reviews, and the quiet and unavailable for early reviews Vampire Academy.
George Clooney's film managed about $7 million for Friday, and lowered estimates for the film place it at earning about $20 million for the weekend. Academy fared much worse, managing about $1.43 million and looking like it will be lucky to earn about $4 million for the weekend.
According to Deadline, the teen film was easily outpaced on Friday by several holdover films, including Ride Along, which snagged another $2.5 million and will likely top $100 million after the weekend.
That Awkward Moment managed to gross $1.7 million on Friday and could bring in $5 million for the weekend. Lone Survivor actually tied with Vampire Academy with $1.4 million, but will likely earn more during the weekend.
Disney's monster hit Frozen continues to hang around, pulling in another $1.38 million, which places it just below the new Weinstein Company flick. Estimates, however, have the animated adventure still grossing more for the weekend than Academy with $6 million.
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