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TheWrap.com, Published February 06 2014

'The Lego Movie' trails only 'Toy Story 3' in advance sales on Fandango

“The Lego Movie” is on track to become the second-biggest advance ticket-seller among all animated films, right behind 2010’s “Toy Story 3,” Fandango told TheWrap.

As of Thursday morning, Fandango’s “Lego” sales were surpassing its advance ticket sales for the openings of animated blockbusters “Frozen,” which had been No. 2, “Despicable Me 2” and “Monsters University” at the same point before their openings.

The first animated movie from Warner Bros. in three years will come into its Friday debut with major momentum, and analysts are projecting an opening north of $40 million. Many see it going considerably higher, depending on how the storms expected to hit the East Coast play out this weekend.

Ninety-seven percent of those buying tickets said that they had played with the interlocking plastic pieces at some point in a Fandango survey, which also revealed that:

The George Clooney World War II art heist film “The Monuments Men” was looking solid, doing business on pace with Fandango’s advance ticket sales for “Captain Phillips” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” both of which opened in the $25 million range.