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Animation Dominates The Box Office: The Lego Movie Rules OK

Everything is awesome for the makers of The Lego Movie, as the latest flick from the always excellent Phil Lord and Chris Miller has been cleaning up. Not only has it been overwhelmingly well received (at one point it was 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes- currently it's sitting pretty at 96%) but it's also been a smash at the box office. It's now held on to to the number one spot in the US chart for two weeks, beating off competition from the rebooted Robocop. It's hardly surprising that a sequel has already been greenlit. Sadly however much as with Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, Lord and Miller will not be writing the script this time around. If they will be involved in any other capacity (such as returning to direct) remains to be seen.

Animation has been ruling on both sides of the pond, as while The Lego Movie wasn't released in the UK until February 14th, Dreamwork's Mr Peabody & Sherman has opened in British cinemas about a month ahead of its US bow. Despite the original characters having basically no brand-recognition for UK audiences, it still managed to open strong in first place- again denying a certain cybernetic law enforcer the top spot. The time-travelling dog will likely lose the top spot to Lego in this week's chart, but with the half-term school holidays taking place in the UK both films can be expected to perform well.