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There’s no stopping Kevin Hart — or The Lego Movie.
The rising star’s newest film, About Last Night, is outpacing expectations at the Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day box office, where it could soar past $25 million in its debut, beating fellow new entries RoboCop, Endless Love and Winter’s Tale. (About Last Night, RoboCop and Endless Love are all remakes of 1980s films.)
However, Lego Movie will win the four-day holiday overall with a huge gross north of $50 million. The family film, from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, opened to $69 million last weekend, turning into an instant hit.
Screen Gems’ modestly budgeted About Last Night, starring African-American actors this time, is a remake of the 1986 film starring Brat Pack members Demi Moore and Rob Lowe. Hart — who is still in theaters with hit Ride Along — stars opposite Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant. Steve Pink directed the film, about two couples who hook up at a bar.
RoboCop, which has taken nearly a decade to make, got a jump on the weekend by opening Wednesday. So far, the $100 million action movie is performing on the softer side, grossing $4.9 million in its first two days.
Directed by Jose Padilha, the reboot stars Joel Kinnaman in the title role and opens 27 years after Paul Verhoeven‘s original debuted. The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman and Samuel L. Jackson.
From Sony and MGM, RoboCop is on pace to gross another $17 million to $20 million for the four-day holiday weekend.
That puts RoboCop in a close race with Universal’s Endless Love, a romantic drama based on the 1981 Franco Zeffirelli film that starred Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt. While the original was panned, it was a solid box-office performer. Moreover, the theme song, by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie, became an instant hit and remains a classic. It is also the biggest-selling single of Ross’ career.
The remake, directed by Shana Feste, features an ensemble cast led by Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde, who star as star-crossed young lovers.
Winter’s Tale is a $75 million supernatural drama based on the novel by Mark Helprin and marks the feature directorial debut of writer and producer Akiva Goldsman. The film, starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay and Matt Bomer, is projected to take in $13 million to $14 million for the four days.
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