While controversy over falsely advertised midnight screenings might have suggested there was immense interest in “Vampire Academy,” Friday’s box office returns confirm the opposite.
The poorly reviewed vampire film placed fifth with a mere $1.4 million in receipts. An irrefutable box office flop, “Academy” will probably end its inaugural weekend short of the $5 million mark.
On the more favorable front, acclaimed “The Lego Movie” opened to a healthy $17.1 million. The dominant leader on Friday, “Lego” will make an even bigger splash with Saturday matinee audiences.
Fellow newcomer “Monuments Men” placed second with $7 million, besting “Ride Along” ($2.6 million) and “That Awkward Moment” ($1.7 million).
While “Ride Along” will not claim a fourth consecutive box office crown, it will cross the $100 million cumulative mark this weekend. After Friday, its tally is $98.3 million.