'Lego Movie' builds on box-office perch with $31.5 mln weekend take

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:13pm EST

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK Feb 23 (Reuters) - "The Lego Movie," an animated film that depicts a world based on the colorful toy blocks, collected $31.5 million to lead U.S. and Canadian box office charts for a third consecutive weekend.

The new Kevin Costner spy thriller "3 Days to Kill" was a distant second after pulling in $12.3 million for the period from Friday to Sunday, according to studio estimates.

The big-budget Roman-era disaster movie "Pompeii" generated ticket sales of $10 million in its first week in theaters to claim the No. 3 spot. (Reporting By Ronald Grover and Chris Michaud; Editing by Amanda Kwan)

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