LOS ANGELES — "The Lego Movie" is still snap-and-pop connecting with audiences.
As expected, the hit animated comedy based on the popular toy topped the box-office charts for a third straight weekend, blowing away new releases "3 Days to Kill" and "Pompeii."
"The Lego Movie," from Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures, grossed $31.5 million this past weekend, according to studio estimates. That brings its domestic total to about $183 million and its worldwide take to more than $270 million.
Co-written and co-directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, the duo behind the "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" franchise, "The Lego Movie" stars Chris Pratt voicing a construction worker who sets off on an unexpected adventure.
"This movie, it's taken on a life of its own," said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. executive vice president of theatrical distribution. "We knew we had a film that would resonate with the core audience, but what we didn't know was that we'd get such an enthusiastic response from audiences of all ages. It spans multigenerations."
Warner Bros. announced Friday that it had scheduled an untitled Lego sequel for Memorial Day 2017.
Relativity Media's action-thriller "3 Days to Kill," starring Kevin Costner as a spy on one last mission before he ditches the high-octane life to repair relations with his estranged wife and daughter, performed as expected. It grossed an estimated $12.3 million through Sunday for the No. 2 spot at the North American box office, the studio said.
Directed by McG, who helmed "Terminator Salvation," "3 Days" was made for $28 million, according to the studio.
"We are pleased with '3 Days to Kill's' solid opening, which was right in line with our expectations for this lower budget action-thriller," the studio said in an email.
The special effects-heavy "Pompeii," directed by Paul W.S. Anderson ("Resident Evil," "Alien vs. Predator"), came in third, grossing an estimated $10 million. The action-romance movie had a hefty production budget of $80 million and stars Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss and Emily Browning.