BOX OFFICE: Audiences Are Going Bananas for ‘The Lego Movie’

It’s my bad for not including it among the most anticipated movies of 2014, because The Lego Movie has captivated audiences and won its first weekend at the box office.

Up against George Clooney and The Monuments Men, The Lego Movie still managed to take in nearly $70 million. That number makes it the second largest opening weekend for any movie that’s ever been released in the month of February, about $14 million shy of the $83 million that keeps The Passion of the Christ in the top spot.

With those kinds of numbers it’s hard to imagine that The Lego Movie, which stars Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Morgan Freeman, won’t be getting a sequel almost immediately.

And although Clooney, along with Matt Damon, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett, wasn’t even close, The Monuments Men came in a very respectable second place with $22.7 million.

The movies difference include, but aren’t limited to, the demographic of target audiences and the fact that Monuments Men hasn’t wow’d critics like Lego has. The Lego Movie, which is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Village Roadshow, managed an A CinemaScore, beating the B+ awarded to Clooney’s latest effort in the director’s chair.

And if you haven’t had the chance to see Vampire Academy, don’t bother. The comedy, which was helmed by Mean Girls Director Mark Waters, landed in a very sad 7th place with just $4.1 million in ticket sales.