'Lego Movie' keeps on box-office perch with $31.5 million weekend take

Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:27pm EST
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By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "The Lego Movie," an animated film that depicts a world based on the colorful toy blocks, collected $31.5 million to lead U.S. and Canadian box office charts for a third consecutive weekend.

The new Kevin Costner spy thriller "3 Days to Kill" was a distant second after pulling in $12.3 million for the period from Friday to Sunday, according to studio estimates.

The big-budget Roman-era disaster movie "Pompeii" generated ticket sales of $10 million in its first week in theaters to claim the No. 3 spot.

"RoboCop," a remake of the 1987 science fiction film about a part-man, part-cyborg crime fighter, was fourth with sales of $9.4 million, according to studio estimates provided by box office tracking firm Rentrak.

Since opening on February 7, "Lego" has been leading the box office and has taken in a total of $183.2 million domestically, according to Rentrak.

The movie features the voices of Will Arnett and Elizabeth Banks and portrays a world under attack by the evil Lord Business bent on destroying the LEGO universe by gluing it together. The heroes include Batman, a pirate and an astronaut, all made out of the classic children's interlocking blocks.

"Lego is significantly overperforming our wildest expectations," said Jeff Goldstein, executive vice president for theatrical distribution at Warner Brothers, which distributed the movie.

"It's moved way beyond a family-based film to include tweens, young adults and older adults as well. It's just funny," he added, explaining its wild success.   Continued...

Cast member Will Ferrell attends the premiere of the film "The Lego Movie" in Los Angeles February 1, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten