Lego Movie beats off Clooney at box office

2014-02-11 10:50
Los Angeles - The debut of The Lego Movie, studded with dozens of star voices, easily beat off George Clooney's latest film, final figures for the North American Box Office showed Monday.

The big-screen opening for the movie featuring characters formed from the colourful educational building blocks soared to the top of the chart, taking a massive $69.1m between Friday and Sunday, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said.

The characters are voiced by well-known actors including Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson and Will Ferrell, as well as retired basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal.

It earned more than triple the $22.7m taken at theatres for The Monuments Men, directed by and starring Clooney, about a World War II platoon tasked with recovering art masterpieces looted by the Nazis.

In third place was last week's top-earner, Ride Along, a police action comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, which earned $9.6m in ticket sales over the weekend.

Disney smash Frozen, loosely-based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, was in fourth sport, down from second last week, earning $6.9m.

That Awkward Moment, a romantic comedy starring Zac Efron about three friends who pledge to remain single only to fall in love, was in fifth spot, down from third, with $5.6m in ticket sales.

Rounding out the top 10

That was only slightly more than Afghanistan war epic Lone Survivor, which took $5.2m in sixth place.
And lagging a bit behind was Vampire Academy, a new entry from the Weinstein Co., with sales of just under $4m, good enough for seventh spot.

Rounding out the top 10, were The Nut Job, ($3.8m), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, ($3.5m), and Labor Day, ($3.2m), according to Exhibitor Relations.

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