Box Office: “LEGO” closes in on $200 million, “3 Days” opens weak, “Pompeii” weaker

There’s a lot to be extrapolated from this weekend’s box office tallies, far beyond the ongoing love for “The LEGO Movie” and arrival of Kevin Hart as a big box office star. Another $30 million or so added on this weekend.

“LEGO” will hit $200 million by early next weekend. Not bad. “Frozen,” however, will have doubled that by Oscar night.

“About Last Night…” plunged PLUNGED in its second weekend out. What, nobody dates after Valentine’s Day? A 70% plunge means it’ll manage $50 million or so, when all is said and done. Maybe a little less. That’s going to be about 1/3 what “Ride Along” did. So, Ice Cube is the secret ingredient?

“3 Days to Kill” could have used a less loony/more logical script. Here in America, M. Luc, we don’t joke about torture. Better reviews would have helped “3 Days to Kill” do better than $12.3 million. He’s quite good in the film. But I dare say that Kevin Costner’s ability to pull in an audience is limited, which doesn’t speak highly of the chances that “Draft Day” will lure the sports talk radio/Sportscenter fans to theaters in April.

“Pompei” has no real stars and the spectacle alone only pulled in $10 million in ticket sales. Botched marketing. It’s not awful, a better script would have made this the crowning jewel in Paul W.S. Anderson’s sorry spectacle of a career.

“The Monuments Men” has done great business, considering the weak reviews and old men in the cast. It’ll wind up, when all is tallied, in the $75 million range — US box office.

If you go WAY down the charts, you’ll see that Oscar contenders “Wolf of Wall Street,” “American Hustle” and “Gravity” are still doing decent business, “12 Years a Slave” and “Philomena” respectable business and “Her” and “Nebraska” and “August: Osage County” less impressive.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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