Box Office: 'RoboCop' Tops Wednesday With Soft $2.8 Million
MGM and Sony believe the tentpole was hurt by more bad weather in many parts of the country, but are hopeful that traffic will pick up once the holiday weekend gets underway.
Getting an early jump on the long Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day weekend, RoboCop opened Wednesday at the North American box office, grossing a soft $2.8 million.
RoboCop did take the top spot for the day, supplanting Warner Bros.' Lego Movie, which took in $2.2 million as its total gross rose to $77.9 million, but the animated hit is still expected to rank No. 1 for the weekend.
MGM and Sony, which teamed to remake Paul Verhoeven's classic sci-fi pic, believe RoboCop is taking a hit because of more bad weather across much of the country.
In a blast from the past, RoboCop is one of three 1980s remakes invading the multiplex this weekend, the other two being About Last Night and Endless Love. Both of those movies open Friday.
The lone exception to the weekend trend is Winter's Tale, a supernatural drama based on the novel by Mark Helprin and marking the feature directorial debut of writer and producer Akiva Goldsman. The film, likewise opening Friday, stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay and Matt Bomer.
None of the new offerings may be able to topple holdover The Lego Movie, which appears on course to stay at No. 1 over the long holiday. The family film, from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, could earn as much as $45 million for the four-day weekend.
RoboCop, which has taken nearly a decade to make, is directed by Jose Padilha and stars Joel Kinnaman in the title role. Sony and MGM hope to reinvigorate the sci-fi franchise with Padilha's film, which has gotten off to an OK start in select markets overseas, earning nearly $28 million to date.
Sony's Screen Gems has high hopes for About Last Night, thanks to Kevin Hart's soaring star status. Hart's buddy cop comedy Ride Along has zoomed past the $100 million mark domestically, far outpacing expectations. 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.
In the remake, Hart stars opposite Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant. Steve Pink directed the film, about two couples who hook up at a bar.
From Universal, Endless Love is a romantic drama based on the 1981 Franco Zeffirelli film starring 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. It should open in the mid- to high-teens, similar to Winter's Tale. The story revolves around a privileged girl whose love affair sparks the ire of her parents.