9 February 2014 8:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: It’s likely that a number of executives at a few choice toon studios across town are green with envy after the success of Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow’s modestly budgeted franchise starter, “The Lego Movie.”

Assembling a number of industry and studio records, Warner’s $60 million-budgeted animated hit “The Lego Movie” scored a stellar estimated $69.1 million domestically in its first weekend, making it the biggest opening in February for an animated movie, as well as Warner’s best toon debut ever.

More importantly, the film, which Village Roadshow co-financed and co-produced, also thumbs the current model of pricey animation limiting any guarantee of financial success.

The Lego Movie,” on the other hand, successfully managed to leverage an already globally popular brand and cross over with adult audiences, considering nearly 60% of its opening came from filmgoers older than 18. Ultimately, the pic’s fanboy component will help it weather the East Coast blizzards, »


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