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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘RoboCop’ Gets Taken Down by ‘The LEGO Movie’ and ‘About Last Night’

When 'RoboCop' got pushed from an August 2013 release date to February 2014, everyone assumed it would open stronger when far away from the busy summer months. If this is the better of the two options, then we can't even imagine how poorly it would have opened in the warmer months. The remake of the 1987 classic is definitely not a disaster, but it most certainly underperformed.

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Warner Bros.
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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘The LEGO Movie’ Constructs a Big Opening

And here we are: five weeks into the new year and we already have our first major blockbuster of 2014. Early estimates had 'The LEGO Movie' opening big, but the animated adventure shattered all expectations this weekend, with universally positive reviews and word of mouth sending the film to a massive opening.

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Monuments Men
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New Movies: ‘The Monuments Men,’ ‘The LEGO Movie,’ ‘Vampire Academy’

After a somewhat slow start to the moviegoing year, this weekend features three big-time pictures hitting theaters, with something for all ages.

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Focus Features
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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Ride Along’ Laps ‘That Awkward Moment’ and ‘Labor Day’

Unless you had a personal stake in a film being released this weekend, movies were far from the most important thing happening to you these past couple of days. You can blame the weekend's mostly anemic box office on one thing: the Super Bowl. Everyone spent their money buying snacks and preparing their parties and not going to see 'That Awkward Moment' and 'Labor Day,' both of which opened soft.

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New Movies: ‘That Awkward Moment,’ ‘Labor Day’

A comedy and a drama hit theaters this weekend. A comedy and a drama? That's both kinds of faces on those masks!

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Lionsgate
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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Ride Along’ Leaves ‘I, Frankenstein’ Choking on Exhaust

Ah, a week at the box office where the new release flies completely under the radar and everything else feels like it's just hanging out because there's nothing else to push it off the charts. Welcome to January. Welcome to the home of movies like 'I Frankenstein,' which was dead on arrival this weekend and will vanish into dollar theaters within the next week or so.

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Universal
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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Ride Along’ Drives Away With the Weekend

In the first truly busy weekend for new releases in 2014, Ice Cube and Kevin Hart took the competition, bent them over the knee and gave them a good spanking. Okay, you probably didn't want the image of those two spanking animated squirrels, demonic babies or Chris Pine in your head, but how else are we going to talk about the opening weekend for 'Ride Along'?

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Devil's Due, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Ride Along, The Nut Job
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New Movies: ‘Devil’s Due,’ ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,’ ‘The Nut Job,’ ‘Ride Along’

Oscar nominations came out Thursday morning, with films like 'American Hustle' and '12 Years a Slave' leading the way. You can probably bet that none of this weekend's new releases will figure into next year's Oscars, but that doesn't mean there won't be something you like. The four films opening wide on Friday cover a wide range of genres and styles, a little something for everyone.

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Weekend Box Office Report: ‘Lone Survivor’ is the Weekend’s Lone Victor

New releases have a habit of floundering in January, which tends to be one of Hollywood's biggest dumping grounds. Even this year's big January horror release, which is commonly a sure thing, floundered. What does tend to do well are the prestige pictures that opened late in the previous year (often in limited release) and finally expand in the new year, riding awards momentum to solid box office.

Of course, this is just a roundabout way of saying that Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor' emerged from limited release this week to kick everyone's ass at the box office.

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The Legend of Hercules Review
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‘The Legend of Hercules’ Review

In the late 1950s, American bodybuilder Steve Reeves somehow ended up in Italy and made a cheapo production of 'Hercules.' It spawned an avalanche of knockoff strongmen films -- some starring Reeves, some featuring a rather malleable new character named Maciste -- and are just wretched examples of boring cinema that, for whatever reason, I ended up seeing quite a bit of as a little kid. But to an 8-year-old back then, sub-Ray Harryhausen special effects and wafer-thin plots still managed to impress. Hey, it was a Sunday afternoon and a color TV.

It's easy to say “they don't make 'em like that anymore,” but the spirit of these garbage movies is alive and well in Renny Harlin's charmingly awful 'The Legend of Hercules.' Starring Kellan Lutz as a block of concrete that has to fake the classic British accent (even though Hercules is Greek), this is boring by-the-numbers dross from the artless Millennium Films, best known for 'The Expendables' films. It has maybe three good fight scenes and two moments that are so over-the-top bad you just have to laugh, and that makes for some undeniable entertainment. The best way to describe 'The Legend of Hercules' is as the fake movie that teenagers in movies go to see.

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2014 New Movie Releases

We're getting pumped about 2014's new movie releases, even though Hollywood is still celebrating (and awarding!) the best films of the past year.

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Hercules, Lone Survivor, Her
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New Movies: ‘The Legend of Hercules,’ ‘Lone Survivor,’ ‘Her’

Two of these ('Lone Survivor,' 'Her') aren't technically opening this weekend, but they are expanding to many more theaters. That, along with the year's first Hercules flick (yup, there's another one coming in July) and the recent slew of high-quality holiday releases, make for a very crowded cineplex. 

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