The Top Ten From The Box Office This Weekend
The Lego Movie holds off the two newcomers, but considering their budgets, 3 Days to Kill ($28 million) is in much better shape than Pompeii ($100 million). All 3 Valentine's Day movies (About Last Night, Endless Love, Winter's Tale) tanked, with over 70% declines from last week. Instead of ALN looking like an unlikely hit, it now looks like it will close as a moderate success, while that precipitous drop lowers the forecast even further for EL and WT. RoboCop is lucky it has its strong overseas haul, as that's its only chance of earning enough money to warrant a sequel. Otherwise, those of us who see the potential inherent in the premise will have to wait another 10 years before another reboot that has to waste half its runtime on an origin story. Tell you what, Hollywood, if you'd just opened a movie titled RoboCop with a dude in a metal suit kicking criminal's butts, I'm pretty sure we could've connected the dots on that complicated plot. All of these reboots need to stop wasting their first hour telling origin stories we already know, but that's for a Rant. Next week, expect to see Non-Stop (doing surprisingly well with critics in its early screenings with a 48% on Rotten Tomatoes) and Son of God (an almost-assured stinker since they didn't prescreen it, but also an almost-assured success because of its subject matter) to enter the Top 10, and euthanize a couple of the Valentine's Day duds.