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'RoboCop' opens weakly, MGM and Sony execs blame weather

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Joel Kinnaman surprises NYC students during a 'Robocop' special screening at AMC 34th Street on February 12, 2014 in New York City.
Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

MGM’s and Sony’s “RoboCop” remake opened to an unimpressive $2.8 million at North American box offices on Wednesday, which was enough to unseat Warner Bros.’ “Lego Movie” as the day’s top movie.

Although “Lego Movie” only grossed $2.2 million on Wednesday, industry experts anticipate the film will still be the top-grossing movie for the long Valentine’s Day-Presidents Day weekend.

MGM and Sony execs believe the wintry weather across the country contributed to the lackluster “RoboCop” opening.

“RoboCop” is the reboot of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 classic original of the same name and stars Joel Kinnaman – of AMC’s “The Killing” fame – as the title character.

“RoboCop” is one of three remakes that will open this weekend.

About Last Night” stars Kevin Hart and Regina Hall and is a remake of the 1986 original of the same name, which starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore.

Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde star in “Endless Love,” which is a reboot of the 1981 motion picture of the same name that helped launch Brooke Shields’ career.

Personal Take

What’s with all the remakes, Hollywood? Has the original idea pool dried up?

The first “RoboCop” wasn’t all that good, so what makes you think it will be any better this time around?

Unless you’re coming with an obviously better than the original product, don’t bother.

Kinnaman’s performance as Det. Stephen Holder in “The Killing” makes him look like the only redeeming quality about this version of “RoboCop,” but in the end, the movie looks more Redbox eventual than box office likely.

That goes for you too, “Endless Love” and “About Last Night.” Unless you’re coming with a better version of the original – and your release dates suggest you aren’t – use your marketing efforts elsewhere.

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