Who knew people liked Lego so much?
While February is considered a relatively dry month for film releases and box offices receipts, critics and film-goers alike were surprised to see The Lego Movie take in $69.1m in box office receipts over the weekend, with George Clooney’s The Monuments Men coming in behind at second place in the charts with $22.7m.
The weekend’s other major release, Vampire Academy didn’t do so well. I talked about the ways in which I felt the film’s distributors, The Weinstein Company, were failing the film before it even had a chance to succeed, and it looks as though sadly I was right. Not even a reviews embargo could stop it tanking with only $4.1m in weekend receipts. For comparison, Frozen, which has been out since December, took $6.9m.
The critics haven’t been particularly enthusiastic about the film either. With a current rating of 10% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 21 reviews, critics have commented on how lazily put together the project seems. After taking less than both Beautiful Creatures and The Mortal Instruments, we’re bracing ourselves for the same old comments.
Now the eyes of young adult fans fall upon the upcoming Divergent movie. While its chances of success are considered more secure than that of Vampire Academy, questions still remain. Of course, the same apprehension doesn’t seem to exist when it comes to discussions of John Green’s The Fault in our Stars, one of the few YA adaptations based on a novel written by a man. Why is that? Maybe we’ll discuss this at a later date.