Everything was awesome for Kevin Hart until "The LEGO Movie" came along.
"Ride Along," the comedic actor's collaboration with Ice Cube, cruised through a three-week streak atop the box office before it was stopped in its tracks by a bunch of (plastic) bricks. "The LEGO Movie" ended Hart's reign with a $69 million debut. The star-power of the "LEGO" ensemble, the enduring popularity of the classic toys and overwhelmingly positive reviews were too much to handle.
Now Hart returns with the Valentine's Day-friendly "About Last Night," a remake of the 1986 romantic comedy (itself based on a David Mamet play) that starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore and Elizabeth Perkins. The 2014 update features Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Joy Bryant and Paula Patton. Box office experts predicted a second win for "LEGO."
Coming Soon's "Weekend Warrior" columnist Edward Douglas predicted as much as $50 million for "The LEGO Movie" over the holiday weekend, with "About Last Night" a distant second at $24.2 million. Box Office Mojo predicted a much closer race in the $40 million range, but still gave the edge to "LEGO."
Entertainment Weekly bumped "About Last Night" down to #3 in favor of another '80s remake. The $120 million update of "RoboCop" opened on Wednesday. Its $2.8 million first day suggested that the snowstorms affecting different parts of the country will put a damper on movie theater attendance. EW.com put "RoboCop" at $27 million, just $1 million past "About Last Night."
Alex Pettyfer ("Magic Mike") and Gabriella Wilde (who was in last year's remake of the 1976 horror flick "Carrie") star opposite each other in yet another '80s remake, "Endless Love." The poorly reviewed romantic drama should open at #5 with somewhere around $15 million.
The even more badly reviewed "Winter's Tale" likely won't crack the top 5 at all. Filmmaker Akiva Goldsman may have won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay thanks to "A Beautiful Mind," but many critics still haven't forgiven him for writing Joel Schumacher's pair of Batman films, "Batman Forever" (1995) and "Batman & Robin" (1997).
George Clooney, who infamously wore the cape and cowl in "Batman & Robin," should see his World War II film "Monuments Men" slip to #4 over the weekend. "Ride Along," Disney's massive hit "Frozen" ($914.8 million worldwide and counting) and Mark Wahlberg's "Lone Survivor" should stay in the top 10.