A few months ago I wrote an editorial wondering if Disney’s Frozen would be able to top $1 billion USD in global box office gross and it did so in style. However, after this weekend it seems that Frozen has now leap-frogged over Toy Story 3 to become the #1 animated (3D or 2D) film of all time not taking inflation into account. At the same time it became the tenth highest grossing film of all time (without inflation).
When in doubt go dark. That seems to be the prevalent mood here in the second trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past as director Bryan Singer returns to the franchise that basically launched the current trend of Marvel superhero movies. Many younger viewers who have grown up watching Iron Man or Captain America might not realize that it was Singer’s 2000 film X-Men that really was the catalyst to bring superhero properties back into the limelight. Not to mention, it also launched Hugh Jackman’s career as he stepped into the role of Wolverine that initially went to Dougray Scott.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman claimed the #1 spot with about $21 million as much advertised Need for Speed stalls right out of the gate with approximately $17.8 million. Making matters worse, the videogame to movie franchise couldn’t even take second spot as that belongs to last weekend’s champion, 300: Rise of An Empire with a haul of about $19 million.
Except for one huge blockbuster the month of February 2014 has been littered with box office disappointments. Don’t be fooled by some stories that proclaim that domestic grosses were approximately 13% higher than last year as nearly all the hard work can be attributed to The Lego Movie alone.
The Lego Movie easily took the box office crown for a third straight week easing a small 37% to hit $183 million USD total. At this rate it will zoom past $200 million next weekend on its way to somewhere near $250 million.
Early 4-Day Weekend Box Office Estimates: Lego #1 with approx. $60 million; About Last Night #2 with $35 million
The Lego Movie romps to an easy Valentine’s Day weekend victory as it is projected to ease a mere 26% from its opening weekend. There was never any doubt that it would take the crown but it did so nonetheless with ease as none of the new movies presented any challenge.
Considering that Disney’s Frozen leapfrogged over Despicable Me 2 to secure third place in the 2013 Top 10 list I decided that now would be a good time to update it. The last time I posted an update for this was a few weeks ago and the only other big change comes at the top of the list where The Hunger Games: Catching Fire surpassed Iron Man 3 to become the #1 film released in 2013.