Lego Movie Tops US Weekend Box Office
The Lego Movie has outdone George Clooney's Second World War caper The Monuments Men to top the US weekend box office.
Based on the colourful plastic children's blocks, the animated film brought in an exceptional $69.1m (£42m) at its debut.
The movie - with characters voiced by comic actors like Will Ferrell and Chris Pratt - has drawn rave reviews from critics, who called it inventive and funny.
A sequel is already in development.
The Monuments Men, which stars Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman in addition to Clooney, was second with $22.7m (£13.8m).
The film, co-written and directed by Clooney, is based on the true story of US soldiers who rescued art masterpieces from Nazi thieves.
It has received mixed reviews and was moved back from its original December release for additional post-production work and editing.
Sliding to third was the cop comedy Ride Along, with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. After three straight weeks at the top of the charts, the Universal film earned $9.4m (£5.7m).
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