February 1, 2014 - box officeby Ray Subers
The Lego Movie
January 31, 2014
With small assistance from Jan holdovers and a typically medium lineup of new releases, Feb tends to be one of a slower months of a year. While that won’t unequivocally change in 2014, there is reason to be confident about this February: aside from would-be blockbuster The Lego Movie, other cinema with plain intensity embody Robocop, About Last Night and The Monuments Men.
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It’s tough to suppose a unfolding in that The Lego Movie isn’t a highest-grossing film of a month. The film is a initial big-screen diagnosis for a renouned fondle brand, that has been producing a iconic bricks for over 60 years. While Legos are essentially done for children, they’re distant from juvenile; in many a same way, The Lego Movie‘s brew of singular animation and wry, self-referential amusement (complete with waggish parodies of Warner Bros. brands like Batman and Superman) seems designed to pleasure audiences immature and aged alike.
With a clever selling bid and small competition, The Lego Movie should open to during slightest $40 million on opening weekend. Assuming it’s plain entertainmentand some early reactions advise it isexpect it to reason good by a month and breeze adult with over $150 million total.
Delayed from Dec to Feb to equivocate a Oscar film season, The Monuments Men facilities George Clooney and Matt Damon as partial of a organisation of soldiers tasked with recuperating stolen art from a Nazis during World War II. On paper, a loyal storydirected by Clooneyseems to be a brew of Inglourious Basterds and Ocean’s Eleven.
Unfortunately, The Monuments Men looks some-more like a story doctrine than a fun caper, that boundary a appeal. The bad early reviews aren’t going to assistance with perceptive adult audiences, either. Sony’s assertive selling bid is going to keep this from being an undisguised bomb, yet it’s doubtful this gets anywhere tighten to $100 million.
The weekend’s final new recover is Vampire Academy, that is a latest try to money in on a young-adult book craze. More so than others, Vampire Academy seems to be built wholly out of tools of a successful adaptations: vampires from Twilight, a sorcery propagandize from Harry Potter, and a butt-kicking womanlike lead from The Hunger Games.
Unfortunately, audiences have proven newly that they aren’t going to punch for these B-level would-be franchises; only final year, Beautiful Creatures, The Host and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones all warranted between $19 million and $32 million. Nothing about Vampire Academy suggests it’s going to breeze adult above that range.
Presidents Day weekend facilities 3 80s remakes confronting off opposite weird intrigue Winter’s Tale.
The many desirous of these cinema is Robocop, that is a reconstitute of a renouned 1987 Paul Verhoeven movie. This isn’t Sony’s initial reconstitute of a Verhoeven sci-fi movie; in Aug 2012, they expelled Total Recall (2012), that flopped with only $58.9 million. Similar to Total Recall, a Robocop reconstitute has done a few tweaks that seem blasphemous to fans (most important is a pierce from an “R” rating to “PG-13”).
However, Sony’s altogether selling bid has been many some-more constrained this time around. The film feels like it’s secure in real-world issues, and a robo-action isn’t scarcely as cheesy as it could have been. On a same weekend final year, A Good Day to Die Hard had a $36.9 million five-day start; it wouldn’t be startling if Robocop matched that series over a initial 6 days.
Of course, a large upside here is overseas. In particular, a film will expected broach large formula from rising markets that have dug a Iron Man and Transformers movies. One downsideRobocop‘s grosses will be suppressed a bit by a startling miss of 3D.
Prospects are also looking good for regretful comedy About Last Night, that is from Sony’s Screen Gems division. The film reteams Think Like a Man‘s Kevin Hart and Michael Ealy, and shares that movie’s fun battle-of-the-sexes vibe. As proven by a opening of January’s Ride Along, Hart is a genuine box bureau pull now, and some of that mojo should massage off on About Last Night. With a clever tie-in to Valentine’s Day, it’s expected that this earns over $30 million for a prolonged weekend.
Romantic play Endless Love is targeting a same assembly that incited out for Safe Haven, The Vow and Dear John around Valentine’s Day. The lead pairing isn’t scarcely as appealing this time around, though. Alex Pettyfer got copiousness of bearing from Magic Mike, though he’s not a initial (or second) actor many people associate with that movie. Meanwhile, womanlike lead Gabriella Wilde is fundamentally a newcomer. Still, don’t gamble opposite immature adore on Valentine’s Day weekend.
Winter’s Tale seems like a peculiar male out this weekend. The regretful anticipation is set in New York in dual opposite time periods, and sorcery comes in to play somehow. That’s about all a information that can be collected from a selling effort, that seems to onslaught with a movie’s weirder elements. It also doesn’t assistance that a movie’s lead is Colin Farrell, who has had a tough time opening cinema that are many some-more appealing than this. Unless this turns out to be fantasticand, formed on a recover date, that would be surprisingit’s doubtful this creates many noise.
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February 2014 Release Schedule
2014 Grosses (2014-only releases)