Box office update: 'Lego' stacks up $7.34 million Friday; 'Pompeii' falls with $3.4 million debut

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While The Lego Movie continues to play in the No. 1 spot — and sets a release date for its sequel (May 26, 2017, for the long-range planners among us) — the weekend’s new releases eked out expectedly mild Friday debuts.

The tiny building blocks enjoyed a $7.3 million Friday, bringing their domestic total to $159 million and worldwide earnings to $215 million. This weekend should net out in the mid-$30 million range.

Kevin Costner’s 3 Days to Kill — the McG-directed spy thriller about a CIA agent one job away from retirement — snagged the second-place spot, opening to an estimated $4.01 million. Relativity’s modestly budgeted action pic (in the $28 million range) opened in 2,872 theaters and will likely bring in around $12 million when the weekend closes. Reviews haven’t been great, but perhaps audiences are interested in seeing a Costner comeback. Even though EW’s Owen Gleiberman gave the film a C-, he writes: “Costner, grizzled and downbeat, escapes with his gruff charisma intact.”

Pompeii, meanwhile, could be 2014’s first major flop. Paul W.S. Anderson’s Mount Vesuvius epic starring Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington opened to an estimated $3.4 million from 2,658 locations. The audience was balanced in terms of gender (52% male) and about 38% were under the age of 30. A production of Constantin Film and Impact Pictures, with Sony distributing domestically, the PG-13 adventure pic hasn’t been treated kindly by critics. Owen Gleiberman gave the film a C+, writing: “Harington knows how to handle a broadsword, but mostly he comes off as the British Taylor Kitsch, a glorified fashion model striking Blue Steel poses that smolder, boringly.” Pompeii is looking at a $9-$11 million opening at this point.

The Friday holdovers include two of last weekend’s three ’80s remakes — RoboCop and About Last Night, which earned $2.6 million and $2.28 million, respectively. Both Sony pics, RoboCop’s domestic total now stands at $36.8 million, which still isn’t a great showing for the $100 million pic, but, including overseas totals, RoboCop has earned an estimated $107.1 million worldwide. It has yet to open in China or Japan. About Last Night, meanwhile, cost a meager $12.5 million to make and has already brought in about $33 million since its debut last weekend.

Here’s the top 5:

1. The Lego Movie — $7.34 million
2. 3 Days to Kill — $4.01 million 
3. Pompeii — $3.4 million 
4. RoboCop — $2.6 million
5. About Last Night — $2.28 million

The English-language version of Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar-nominated The Wind Rises also opened in 21 locations to an estimated $82,140 Friday.

Check back in to EW.com tomorrow for weekend estimates.

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