The LEGO Movie is off to a huge opening this weekend, with many reviews saying it's poised to be the first big blockbuster of the year. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller's big-screen take on the small-blocked LEGO brand hit theaters Friday.
Early estimates indicate the film based on the nostalgic toy brand at $60 million for its first weekend alone, which would give it a runaway win over star-studded World War II drama "The Monuments Men" ($22 million) and three-week leader "Ride Along" ($9 million), according to Gossip Cop on Feb. 8.
The animated movie includes a star-studded cast including the likes of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks and more. And here's what else it's stacked with, glowing praise from critics.
Reviewers have been giving The LEGO Movie two thumbs up at nearly every turn. The flick, which is part stop-motion animation and part CG, is by all accounts headed for a block-by-block success.
Owen Gleiberman wrote on EW, "It may be a helter-skelter kiddie adventure built out of plastic toy components, but it's fast and original, it's conceptually audacious, it's visually astonishing, and it's 10 times more clever and smart and funny than it needed to be. Here, at last, is an animated comedy that never stops surprising you."
Chris Pratt voices Emmet, described as a typical LEGO drone who accidentally stumbles on a LEGO piece that makes a band of Matrix-like revolutionaries think he's the Special, the one who can save their world from the fascist President Business (Will Ferrell), according to CNN.
Some of Emmet's big-name allies include Batman (Will Arnett), Superman (Channing Tatum), Abraham Lincoln (Will Forte) and the sage mystic Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman).
Critics are praising the movie for appealing to grown-ups and kids alike, advising movie-goers to grab their kids and head out to see this film this weekend.