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article image'The LEGO Movie' wins once again; Pink heads to Oscars

By Tim O'Brien     Feb 23, 2014 in Entertainment
Standing strong after three weeks, "The LEGO Movie" stays on solid ground as it wins the box office again. Its strongest new competition was with "Pompeii" and "3 Days to Kill, but the toys rule.
At $31 million it crushes the rest of the field while "Pompeii" did not erupt and Mount Vesuvius stayed rather quiet. Of course, not in the film, but with audiences. Now Oscar Week is here and with that will come a huge three-week victory for the animated film as "Frozen" and the others try to capture that best of 2013 title. A good time to be in animation.
Weekend
1. "The LEGO® Movie" - $31 Million
2. "3 Days to Kill" - $12.3 million
3. "Pompeii" - $10.3 million
As noted in the preview report, the two newcomers would have had to perform much better to have a chance and knocking off the toys for one simple reason — theater counts. The toys being in more than 3,000 theaters with the two others under that. Kevin Costner and his "3 Days to Kill" was pretty far behind in second and despite that theater count, it surely had to disappoint.
A quick takeaway from "Pompeii" and movies like it is that they seem the same. Looking at the trailers for "Pompeii" and "300: The Rise of the Empire," one must really pay attention to see which is which. In these, the effects can take over and the story gets lost.
But Lego legs won out in a big way. Or Lego parts, buildings and characters.
Looking ahead as Oscar Week unfolds. "Son of God" will take over in the first weekend but after that is anybody's guess. It will be big but not a "Passion of the Christ," which opened at the same time frame. This has the backing of church groups and religious organizations throughout the country as well. Unlike "Noah," which is not being ordained because it lacks a truly religious Noah and instead focuses on an environmental guy.
Meanwhile, it could now be seen as a two-way race for Best Picture between "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity." "American Hustle" has lost the its way. And Jennifer Lawrence is no longer the favorite for supporting actress. It is tough to win back-to-back and she did win last year.
In other Oscar news, Pink will perform. It was announced by Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar® stage for the very first time," said Zadan and Meron. "She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast,” they added in a statement.
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