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‘The Lego Movie’ is box office gold

Los Angeles: The Lego Movie built upon its success this holiday weekend, beating out four new movies to secure the No 1 spot at the box office in the US for the second time.

After posting a surprisingly strong debut, the animated 3D film collected an additional $63.5 million (Dh233.2 million) between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, according to an estimate from distributor Warner Bros. After 11 days in release, the movie featuring characters from the toy brand has already grossed $143.8 million domestically, indicating that the film will likely have enough stamina to rake in at least an additional $100 million before exiting theatres.

Among the newcomers — a batch that included three remakes of 1980s films — the big winner was About Last Night, an inexpensive romantic comedy featuring Kevin Hart. The film, whose original 1986 incarnation starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, brought in a robust $28.5 million during its first four days in cinemas.

Meanwhile, RoboCop, a new spin on the popular 1987 sci-fi flick, came in third place with $25.6 million — a somewhat disappointing start, given it cost so much more to produce than its rivals. Endless Love, a fresh take on Franco Zeffirelli’s 1981 version starring Brooke Shields, opened with a so-so $15.1 million. The only new movie that wasn’t a remake, the time-travel Colin Farrell fantasy Winter’s Tale, was the least popular Valentine’s Day option, flopping with a dismal $8.1 million.

About Last Night is yet another win for Hart, 34, who is parlaying his success as a stand-up comedian into a film career. In January, his buddy-cop comedy Ride Along had the biggest opening of the month, and the film has since gone on to collect $117.4 million.

“You can’t find an actor in Hollywood who works harder than Kevin,” said Rory Bruer, distribution president for Sony Pictures, whose Screen Gems label produced Hart’s new movie for $13 million. “He’s a nice guy — the kind you want to hang and have a beer with — and I think people get that. There’s a lot of love out there for him right now.”

The Lego Movie is currently showing in the UAE.