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Adding another £4.79m in the past seven days, The Lego Movie now stands at a sturdy £26.67m after three weeks of play. That puts it level with the lifetime tallies of blockbusters including Spider-Man 2 (£26.72m) and Ocean’s Eleven (£26.47m), and ahead of fellow animations including Ratatouille (£24.80m) and Wall-E (£22.91m). The Lego Movie will pretty soon overtake the likes of Shrek (£29m) and A Bug’s Life (£29.45m) and is clearly headed into the mid-30s (£m).

Although box office for The Lego Movie is certainly skewed to the weekend, its decent performance in the Monday-to-Thursday period suggests that it is picking up a true adult audience, rather than merely adult chaperones of children.

The runner-up

Liam Neeson, 61, confirms his status as a reliable action star with a solid £2.65m opening for airline hijack thriller Non-Stop. Director Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously directed Neeson in Unknown, nearly doubles that film’s opening tally (£1.36m) with this latest team-up. The result is also a big improvement on 2008’s Taken, which started its run with a modest £1.17m. Taken 2 saw a big leap forwards, kicking off with an impressive £7.38m, including £1.19m in previews.

Neeson features in the chart’s top two films, since he also voices the Bad Cop/Good Cop character in The Lego Movie. He is upcoming in thriller A Walk Among the Tombstones, and teams up again with Collet-Serra in Run All Night, playing an ageing hitman taking on his brutal former boss. Taken 3 is also in the works.

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