“The Lego Movie” debuts with big $69.1M box office

“The Lego Movie” clicked with moviegoers, assembling an exceptional $69.1 million debut at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates.

The better-than-expected result made the Warner Bros. collaboration with the Danish toy company easily the biggest hit of the year so far. A sequel is already in development for the 3D animated film, digitally drawn to mimic a world composed entirely of Lego bricks.

The film has drawn raves from critics, earning a 95 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Co-directors and co-writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“21 Jump Street,” ”Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”) gave the film a playful tone to capture the whimsy of a child playing in a box of Legos. Characters are largely voiced by comic actors like Will Ferrell and Chris Pratt. Read more

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