‘Lego Movie’ blows away Kevin Costner, ‘Pompeii’ at box office with $31 million

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Everything’s still awesome at the box office. “The Lego Movie,” the animated hit comedy based on the plastic toy building blocks, was No. 1 for the third straight weekend with $31.4 million.

It’s still in a market-high 3,890 theaters and it dominated, more than doubling the totals of two movies that opened this weekend. The Kevin Costner spy thriller “3 Days to Kill” was second with $12.3 million and the pricey volcano epic “Pompeii” fizzled with $10.1 million for third.

“The Lego Movie” posted the second-best third weekend an animated movie has ever had, behind only “Shrek 2,” which made $37 million back in 2004.

It’s a great way to celebrate for Warner Bros. and producing partner Village Roadshow. On Friday they set May 26, 2017, for a follow-up to their Hasbro toy-based blockbuster, which has rolled up $183 million domestically since opening on Feb. 7 and more than $225 million worldwide.

The debuts of the two openers were in line with modest projections. But “Three Days to Kill,” from Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, cost just $28 million to make, while Constantine Film’s “Pompeii,” which Sony is distributing, cost at least $80 million to produce.

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