The Lego Movie, an animated film that depicts a world based on the colourful toy blocks, collected $48.8 million to top box-office charts for a second week, finishing far ahead of romantic comedy About Last Night, which had ticket sales of $27 million on a U.S. holiday weekend that kicked off on Valentine’s Day.
RoboCop, a remake of the 1987 science fiction film about a part-man, part-cyborg crime fighter, was third with sales of $21.5 million from Friday to Sunday in the domestic market that includes the U.S. and Canada theatres, according to studio reports. Monday marked the federal Presidents Day holiday.
The romantic drama Endless Love, one of three remakes of 1980s-era films opening in theatres, was fifth with $13.4 million, behind Monuments Men, the story of a World War II unit that retrieves stolen art which stars George Clooney and Matt Damon and which earned $15 million in its second week, according to Rentrak.
The tracking firm said it was the third-best Presidents Day result of all time, with about $177 million expected from Friday to Sunday. Hollywood’s box-office is running about 11.5 per cent above last year’s numbers, it said.
The animated Lego movie has earned nearly $130 million since opening on February 7. Featuring the voices of Will Arnett and Elizabeth Banks, it portrays a world under attack by the evil Lord Business who wants to destroy the Lego universe by gluing it together. The heroes include Batman, a pirate and an astronaut, all made out of the classic children’s interlocking blocks.
About Last Night, a remake of the 1986 film that starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore as young lovers, stars Kevin Hart and Regina Hall and was made for a relatively modest $12 million.
Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution for Sony Pictures, which released the film, said the comedy “knocked it out of the park,” and was playing well to couples as well as groups of friends during the Valentine’s Day and U.S. holiday weekend.
RoboCop, which cost about $100 million to make, was performing especially well in international markets, Bruer said, and was on track to take in about $30 million domestically since its opening.
Endless Love is a remake of a 1981 film starring Brooke Shields which was a modest hit, but saw its theme song by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie become a No. 1 hit, scoring Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy nominations.
Juno actress Ellen Page comes out as gay
Actress Ellen Page, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Juno, came out as a lesbian recently at a Las Vegas conference for gay teens. “I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission,” the 26-year-old actress said in a speech that drew roaring support from an audience at the Time to Thrive conference sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign.
“I’m here today because I am gay. And because … maybe I can make a difference,” she said. “To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.” Page, who in 2007 played a pregnant teen in Juno, has also starred in Inception, To Rome with Love and X-Men: The Last Stand. Page is also working on Freeheld, a drama about a terminally ill police detective fighting to assign her retirement benefits to a lesbian lover. Page said in her speech that she suffered for years because she was scared to be public about her sexuality. “My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered,” she said. “And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain.”
The Human Rights Campaign, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group that posted her speech on its website, congratulated Page for completing the “deeply personal and arduous journey” of coming out.