The LEGO Movie crushed its live-action competition at the box office and remained in 1st place for the third weekend in a row with $31.5 million (estimated). The two new wide releases that took second and third place—3 Days to Kill and Pompeii—mustered a mere $22M between the two of them.
Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises opened in 21 U.S. theaters with $306,000. Its per-theater average of $14,571 was weaker than Spirited Away’s opening, which earned an average of $17,301 from 26 theaters, and slightly better than Howl’s Moving Castle which had a per-theater average of $11,888 from 36 theaters. The film’s soft opening in super-limited release doesn’t bode well for its expansion to over 400 theaters next weekend.