‘Lego Movie’ blocks competition
“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.
The film has drawn raves from critics. Characters are largely voiced by comic actors such as Chris Pratt and Will Ferrell.
George Clooney’s World War II caper “The Monuments Men” opened in second place with $22.7 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak, follow. Where available, latest international numbers are also included..
1. “The Lego Movie,” $69.1 million ($18.1 million international).
2. “The Monuments Men,” $22.7 million.
3. “Ride Along,” $9.4 million.
4. “Frozen,” $6.9 million ($24 million).
5. “That Awkward Moment,” $5.5 million ($1.1 million).
6. “Lone Survivor,” $5.3 million ($1 million).
7. “Vampire Academy,” $4.1 million.
8. “The Nut Job,” $3.8 million.
9. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” $3.6 million ($5.3 million).
10. “Labor Day,” $3.2 million.
Blahnik, Beckham hit runway
New York Fashion Week entered its fourth day Sunday with some big-name shows on the calendar ranging from Manolo Blahnik, known for his sexy high-end shoes, to Victoria Beckham, the British designer, former Spice Girl and wife of soccer star David Beckham.
On the runway, Victoria Beckham presented a fall collection based on the idea, in her words, that “Everything is not what it seems.”
“It’s all 360 degrees – nothing is flat,” she said in a post-show interview backstage. “You look at a structured coat from the front, and then from the back you see this beautiful pleat. Or you’re looking at a dress, and then the whole back is missing.”
The collection was almost entirely black and white, with an emphasis on ruffles and pleats, and a fondness for a single gold chain draped across a garment. Beckham said she was trying to incorporate changes in her clothes, but not so much as to alienate her regular customer.
“It’s about satisfying my sense of creativity, but also giving our customer what she wants,” she said.
A new bag for LeBeouf
Actor Shia LaBeouf hit the Berlin Film Festival in memorable style Sunday, first walking out of a news conference for the film “Nymphomaniac Volume I” and then apparently wearing a paper bag over his head at the red carpet premiere.
A man who appeared to be the actor posed for photographers in a stylish tuxedo — and a paper bag with eyeholes and the words “I am not famous anymore” written across it. LaBeouf has frequently used the statement on his Twitter page.
The attire incident came shortly after the star walked out of a news conference with co-stars Uma Thurman and Christian Slater to promote the film.