Everything was awesome aboutThe Lego Movie‘s opening weekend, which results in it raking in a whopping estimated $69.1 million and landing the number one box office spot. The film’s haul was triple that of the second place film The Monuments Men, which earned only $22.7 million. The film went into the weekend with an impressive fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (its currently at 95%) and incredibly strong word of mouth.
This debut is the second biggest opening for February behind The Passion of the Christ ($83.8 million) and the biggest opening for an animated film in February. Regarding overall animated openings, the film did fairly well, earning the the 11th place spot. For “original” animated film, The Lego Movie is 5th overall.
The CGI film, which was produced by Australian animation studio Animal Logic, capitalized on the incredibly popular Lego brick toys. The Lego Movie is rambunctious, silly and fun, which equally appealed to both children and adults alike.
Other animated films did decently over the weekend. Frozen, continues to have a strong run at the box office still after two months, falling two spots down to fourth place with an estimated $6.9 million. Frozen has earned $368.7 million domestically and has $913.8 million worldwide. It seem inevitable at this point that the film will break the coveted $1 billion mark within the next few months (the film just opened this past week in China earning $13.7 million and has yet to open in Japan).
The Nut Job also fell from fourth place to eight, earning and estimated $3.8 million. The film’s domestic total is now $55.1 million and $58.0 million worldwide. The figure, while not spectacular, is still rather impressive for the film, which seems to climb an uphill battle against critics before being released. The film’s opening weekend was good enough for the studio to commission a sequel.
Lastly, Mr. Peabody & Sherman opened overseas in the U.K., becoming first place in the box office with $6.6 million. The film already has an 89% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film doesn’t open in the US until March 7.
What did you think of this week’s animation box office report? Any surprises?
via Box Office Mojo