Child's play as Lego Movie builds box-office lead
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The Lego Movie built on its previous weeks' success atop the North American box office for a third weekend in a row, earning US$31.5 million (S$40 million), industry estimates showed on Sunday, Feb 23, 2014.
The Warner Bros animation movie, which is based on the popular kid's toy, made it look like child's play: It has raked in US$183.2 million since its opening, box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said.
Three Days to Kill, an action-thriller starring Kevin Costner as a secret agent tasked with one final, deadly mission, debuted at second place, pulling in US$12.3 million despite mixed reviews.
It was followed by Pompeii, another new entry at the box office, which enjoyed estimated ticket sales between Friday and Sunday of US$10 million. Set in AD79, the film tells the story of a lovelorn slave-turned-gladiator.