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'The Lego Movie' builds stellar box office debut of almost $70 million over 'The Monuments Men' in second

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Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Lego Movie" started its box office campaign in stellar fashion with an estimated $69 million debut from 3,775 theaters. The film directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller averaged a hefty $18,307 per theater, with a voice cast including  Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett and Jason Sand.

This is now the largest opener of the year, and according to Rentrak, the biggest PG-rated February opener of all time, the biggest animated opener in February ever, the largest opening for Warner Bros. ever in February as well as being the biggest opener for an animated Warner Bros. release.

In second, Sony's "The Monuments Men" wasn't disgraced with its $22.7 million debut either, pulling in an average of $7,363 from 3,083 theaters. George Clooney directs, as well as starring with Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Bob Balaban. Pic is scripted by Grant Heslov and Clooney, based on the Robert M. Edsel book "The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Hunt in History." 

In third, and still ticking on well in its fourth weekend at play, Universal's "Ride Along" comedy starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, scored $9.39 million, taking its domestic cume past the magic $100 million mark with around $105 million accumulated on the domestic front thus far.

Disney's "Frozen" just won't go away with $6.9 million in its 12th weekend at play at it moves past a N. American gross of $368.6 million.

Focus Features' "That Awkward Moment" ends this weekend's top five list with $5.5 million, and now has $16.8 million earned Stateside from two weekends at the box office.

The year-to-date total is up by 10.4% when comparing the $1.13 billion to 2013's $1.02 billion.

None of the limited openers achieved any remarkable stats.

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