A Bricktastic Opening Weekend for The LEGO Movie

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Everything is awesome for the team behind The LEGO Movie (Cinema Score: A). The 3D animated extravaganza is estimated to have earned a spectacular $69.11 million this weekend — the biggest opening of the still-young year, and the second largest February opening ever. (The top spot belongs to 2004′s Passion of the Christ). The Phil Lord and Christopher Miller movie blew past studio and analyst predictions, which had the movie in the $40 to $55 million range. Playing in 3,775 theaters, most of which were in 3D, LEGO scored an incredible $18,307 per location average, and including overseas profits ($18.1 million from 34 territories), The LEGO Movie has already stacked up $87.2 million.

The LEGO Movie is Warner Bros.’ first animated release in three years. Village Roadshow co-financed the movie. Featuring the vocal talents of Chris Pratt as Emmet the construction worker, Will Ferrell as the evil Lord Business, Elizabeth Banks as the brilliant Wyldstyle, Liam Neeson as Bad Cop, and Will Arnett as Batman, LEGO resonated with both adults and children — 60% of the audience was over 18 years old. A sequel is reportedly already in the works.

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18 comments on this article

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By in Singapore,

That's very good! I liked the movie.

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By in United States,

Great news to hear! missed it this weekend due to the weather, but I'll catch it soon.

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By in Canada,

Well that pretty much seals the deal for a sequel.

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By in United States,

Great to hear this, I'm glad TLM is getting the attention it deserves. :) I guess it's the winning combination of not too much big-name competition, great promotion, and a movie that is stand-alone (Everything is) Awesome!!! that has taken TLM to these heights.

@covecollectable: Hey, as long as the sequel is still a great movie...

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By in United States,

Here in Venezuela I have to wait until march 21

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By in Canada,

Don't Get me wrong @Skywaler1966, I thought the Movie was great and I look forward to a sequel. It is funny though how some people really didn't think it was going to do well. I spoke with a local usher here and he has been working there for over 20 years, has seen a lot of hit movies and flops. This guy was very surprised at the thought of the movie and felt it would not do very well, even kept shooting me down when I tried to explain that LEGO has become a lot bigger than most people realize. I thing this will open a lot of peoples eyes as to the scope of LEGO with both licensed and home grown product lines and may bring more AFOL's into the fold...At least that is my hope.

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By in Puerto Rico,

60% over 18 years old, cool. How much did the movie cost to make?

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By in Australia,

Fantastic to see that an Australian company was attached to The LEGO Movie. Shame we as a country don't get any perks such as promotional Polybags and things... Instead of waiting an extra 2 months to see it released. :/

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By in Singapore,

I'm eagerly awaiting for the 3D Blu-ray to be available, hopefully in Mar, but some countries are only showing the movie in Apr, so highly unlikely :(

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By in United States,

Saw it yesterday in a theater filled with kids who LOVED it. I shared their sentiment.

#everythingisawesome!

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm planning on seeing the movie... soon.

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By in United Kingdom,

@lordmoral 60 million dollar budget (made back in two days of release not bad) haven't seen this yet but looking forward to it. Roll-on the weekend.

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By in United States,

Can't wait for it to come out on dvd. hope there will be a mini figure included.

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By in United States,

@covecollectable: Never doubted your opinion on it, I was just making the point that the sequel will still have to be good to follow in its "big brother's" footsteps, which have set a pretty high bar. Not sure, though, how they'll pull it off given the "plot twist..."

NOTE: THE LEGO MOVIE SPOILER. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE MOVIE YET.

Given that the characters aren't actually in their own world but, in fact, part of a child's fantasy, how would the film-makers be able to build off that?

BEGIN READING HERE, SPOILERS ARE PAST.

But, to the rest of your post, I'll be first to admit I was hoping against hope for a good movie... and we got great action, memorable characters (Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!!! :P), and an entertaining, endearing story. Everything just worked perfectly, such that I can't name a single problem with the film. :P

You are right, though, LEGO has grown into a huge global phenomenon, far beyond what most people realize. All it takes is a cursory scan of the Guilds of Historica Eurobricks forum to see what incredibly talented LEGO builders can make, which I can say from experience the "most people" from above just have not seen yet. Maybe this movie will get more interested in LEGO. Just maybe.

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By in United States,

Now all we need is to let CN (Cartoon Network) & Lego to create a TV adaptation of this box office hit!

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By in United States,

I highly recommend this movie for everyone. Very well done!

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By in United States,

"Playing in 3,775 theaters, most of which were in 3D"

I don't know whether this is true, but it's misleading. The majority of the money was made off of 2D screens - 3D accounted for only 35% of the gross. (source: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_lego_movie/news/1929644/box_office_guru_wrapup_the_lego_movie_builds_a_huge_lead_over_the_competition/)

I thought it was quite entertaining, no small feat for a movie that was basically a 100-minute ad for Lego.

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