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'80s' Nostalgia Not Enough to Disassemble 'Legos Movie'

The Lego Movie' retained the top spot for the second week in a row. Warner Bros. Pictures/Everett Collection
Hollywood asked moviegoers to flash back to the 1980s over the long President's Day weekend, and some revisits fared better than others at the box office.

Three of the four new movies released over the four-day weekend were remakes of films from the decade. None was able to unseat "The Lego Movie," which held the top spot in its second week, grossing $63.5 million over the four-day weekend for an estimated cumulative haul of $143.8 million in the U.S. and Canada.
"About Last Night," starring comedian Kevin Hart, was the most successful of the newcomers, grossing over four days $28.5 million to come in second place. The film is a remake of the 1986 Rob Lowe movie based on the David Mamet play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago."

"RoboCop," a franchise reboot of the 1987 action movie from Sony Corp.'s6758.TO +2.68% Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., collected $25.6 million in third place, a so-so opening compensated by better returns overseas.

"Endless Love," a reimagining of the 1981 Brooke Shields romance that featured the Lionel Richie - Diana Ross duet of the same name, collected $15 million over four days for Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures.
The only non-remake of the group, "Winter's Tale" from Warner Bros., was the weekend's outright flop, opening to $8.1 million. "Winter's Tale" stars Colin Farrell as a romantic, reincarnated Irish burglar and is based on the 1983 novel by Mark Helprin.

Hollywood's taste for the 1980s shows few signs of slowing, with a sequel to "21 Jump Street" planned for this summer and a reboot of "The Terminator" announced. But the onslaught of remakes and reboots this past weekend did little to disassemble "The Lego Movie," which saw its three-day gross dip only 29% from its opening weekend total. The movie was estimated to gross nearly $15 million on the Monday holiday.
The performance of "About Last Night" from Sony Corp.'s Screen Gems also cemented Mr. Hart's status as one of the year's most successful stars. Audiences gave "About Last Night" an A- grade, according to the CinemaScore market research firm.

Mr. Hart, a stand-up comedian who recently crossed over to film, had two movies in the top 10 this weekend. "Ride Along," a comedy he stars in with Ice Cube, opened in January and has grossed more than $117 million so far.
The weekend's costliest newcomer, "RoboCop," had a production budget of nearly $100 million, according to the studio. That makes the movie's domestic opening a bit disappointing, but the film has taken in an estimated $70 million overseas. The movie opened in early February in certain Asian markets to coincide with the Chinese New Year.

Fourth place went to "The Monuments Men," a World War II drama starring George Clooney from Sony's Sony Pictures Entertainment. It grossed $18 million over four days for a two-week total of $46.7 million