Box Office: ‘LEGO Movie’ Builds Huge Lead Over ‘3 Days to Kill,’ ‘Pompeii’ Implodes

The LEGO Movie just finished its third Friday with a commanding lead over two newcomers. Here's what investors and fans can need to know.

Feb 22, 2014 at 4:30PM

Time Warner, Sony battle for box office supremecy

The LEGO Movie and 3 Days to Kill went 1-2 at the Friday box office. Image sources: Time Warner, Relativity Media

You've got to give it to these toys. Even after three weekends, not even a CIA hit man or city-destroying volcano will be able to oust them from their top spot. 

To be fair, The LEGO Movie does have Batman on its side and cost Time Warner's (NYSE:TWX) Warner Bros. $60 million to produce -- but to pull in $7.34 million on its third Friday is still impressive.

Assuming The LEGO Movie repeats its typically strong late-weekend push, it should end up grossing right around $30 million this weekend, which will bring its domestic gross to date to nearly $182 million. Including international sales, the family-friendly film has enticed audiences to spend more than $210 million.

Meanwhile, it looks like Relativity Media's 3 Days to Kill just won't be able to deliver on its name. Yesterday, the new action thriller took in just $4 million. Keep in mind, however, 3 Days to Kill only required a $28 million production budget. And assuming the same Friday weekend multiple as writer/director Luc Besson's January 2009 effort in Taken, his latest film should approach the $11 million mark over the next two days. For some perspective, that's near the low end of the range Relativity was hoping for.

Much more discouraged, however, were the folks at Constantin Films, whose $100 million historic epic Pompeii also made its domestic debut to a minuscule $3.4 million. To Constantin's credit, the studio is leaving domestic distribution up to Sony's (NYSE:SNE) TriStar subsidiary, and also sold foreign rights to independent distributors.

But while we already knew Pompeii's stateside performance would be dismal, we shouldn't write it off just yet. Director Paul W.S. Anderson's previous films -- notably including the Resident Evil franchise and The Three Musketeers -- have historically garnered the vast majority of their sales overseas. Considering Pompeii debuted in nearly two dozen additional countries yesterday, I'll revisit its collective performance as those delayed international numbers begin to pour in.

Next, Sony Pictures' $100 million reboot of RoboCop secured fourth place in its second Friday with $2.6 million, bringing its worldwide gross so far to a decent $107.1 million. If RoboCop can keep its box office legs under it, that should leave it somewhere in the $8 million to $10 million range come Monday.

Screen Gems' About Last Night and Sony's The Monuments Men weren't far behind, grossing $2.28 million and $2.25 million for fifth and sixth place, respectively. Even without accounting for the positive effects of last weekend's Valentine's Day viewers, that's still slightly lower than I had expected for each film. Including the next two days' results, each should each accumulate around $7 million this weekend.

The next step for you

At this point, another easy win for The LEGO Movie is all but assured, and that ongoing box office success has meant a big win for the studio's bottom line.

Did you know you could be profiting right alongside Time Warner? The key for your future is to turn business insights into portfolio gold through smart and steady investing ... starting right now. Those who wait on the sidelines are missing out on huge gains and putting their financial futures in jeopardy. The Motley Fool is offering a new special report, an essential guide to investing, which includes access to top stocks to buy now. Click here to get your copy today -- it's absolutely free.

Steve Symington has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Money to your ears - A great FREE investing resource for you

The best way to get your regular dose of market and money insights is our suite of free podcasts ... what we like to think of as “binge-worthy finance.”

Feb 1, 2016 at 5:03PM

Whether we're in the midst of earnings season or riding out the market's lulls, you want to know the best strategies for your money.

And you'll want to go beyond the hype of screaming TV personalities, fear-mongering ads, and "analysis" from people who might have your email address ... but no track record of success.

In short, you want a voice of reason you can count on.

A 2015 Business Insider article titled, "11 websites to bookmark if you want to get rich," rated The Motley Fool as the #1 place online to get smarter about investing.

And one of the easiest, most enjoyable, most valuable ways to get your regular dose of market and money insights is our suite of free podcasts ... what we like to think of as "binge-worthy finance."

Whether you make it part of your daily commute or you save up and listen to a handful of episodes for your 50-mile bike rides or long soaks in a bubble bath (or both!), the podcasts make sense of your money.

And unlike so many who want to make the subjects of personal finance and investing complicated and scary, our podcasts are clear, insightful, and (yes, it's true) fun.

Our free suite of podcasts

Motley Fool Money features a team of our analysts discussing the week's top business and investing stories, interviews, and an inside look at the stocks on our radar. The show is also heard weekly on dozens of radio stations across the country.

The hosts of Motley Fool Answers challenge the conventional wisdom on life's biggest financial issues to reveal what you really need to know to make smart money moves.

David Gardner, co-founder of The Motley Fool, is among the most respected and trusted sources on investing. And he's the host of Rule Breaker Investing, in which he shares his insights into today's most innovative and disruptive companies ... and how to profit from them.

Market Foolery is our daily look at stocks in the news, as well as the top business and investing stories.

And Industry Focus offers a deeper dive into a specific industry and the stories making headlines. Healthcare, technology, energy, consumer goods, and other industries take turns in the spotlight.

They're all informative, entertaining, and eminently listenable. Rule Breaker Investing and Answers are timeless, so it's worth going back to and listening from the very start; the other three are focused more on today's events, so listen to the most recent first.

All are available for free at

If you're looking for a friendly voice ... with great advice on how to make the most of your money ... from a business with a lengthy track record of success ... in clear, compelling language ... I encourage you to give a listen to our free podcasts.

Head to, give them a spin, and you can subscribe there (at iTunes, Stitcher, or our other partners) if you want to receive them regularly.

It's money to your ears.


Compare Brokers