Cartoons at the box office: “The LEGO Movie” drops to third, “Frozen” earns a cool billion

The Lego MovieNew films opening this weekend saw “The Lego Movie” finally dethroned from the top spot at the box office. “Lego” dropped to third place with a take this weekend of $21 million, for a total to date of $209.3 million. The films that dethroned it were “Non-Stop” (an action film starring Liam Neeson) and “Son of God” (a repackaging of a TV special about Jesus).

Meanwhile, “Frozen” remained in eighth place, earning $3.6 million for a total to date of $388.7 million. More noteworthy is that it’s finally globally crossed the $1 billion mark, with an opening in Japan still coming. Forbes reports that, presumably not adjusted for inflation, “Frozen” is now Disney’s top earning non-Pixar animated film of all time (beating “The Lion King”‘s $986 million) and second-biggest overall behind “Toy Story 3.” It’s also the second-biggest grossing film of all time featuring a female star(s), behind Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Opening next weekend is “Mr. Peabody and Sherman.” It’s doing OK overseas so far, but there’s no indication how it’ll do up against “The Lego Movie” (or the live-action films noted above). Mr. Peabody also has competition (as does everything else) with the other film opening next weekend, the “300” sequel “300: Rise of an Empire.”

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