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Big debut for ‘LEGO Movie’ at box office

“The LEGO Movie” clicked with moviegoers, assembling an exceptional $69.1 million debut at the weekend box office, according to studio estimates. The better-than-expected result made the Warner Bros. collaboration with the Danish toy company easily the biggest hit of the year so far. Co-directors and co-writers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“21 Jump Street,” “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs”) capture the whimsy of a child playing in a box of LEGOs. The film marks the biggest animation hit for Warner Bros. George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men” opened in second place with $22.7 million. The Sony Pictures film about a mission to retrieve artwork stolen by the Nazis was postponed from a Dec. 25 release. Clooney served as director, co-writer, producer, and star. Sliding to third was the cop comedy “Ride Along,” with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. After three straight weeks atop the box office, the Universal film earned $9.4 million. The Weinstein Co.’s “Vampire Academy,” opened poorly with just $4.1 million.

Valentino apology

The fashion house Valentino is apologizing for touting in an e-mail blast to journalists that one of its pricey bags was carried by actress Amy Adams as she stepped from a car at the wake of actor PhilipSeymour Hoffman. Much was made of the promotional e-mail sent Friday, complete with two photos of Adams outside Thursday’s wake. Valentino said in a statement that quickly followed that the company didn’t realize the photos were snapped at the gathering of loved ones for Hoffman, who was found dead Feb. 2 of an apparent heroin overdose in his apartment.

‘X Factor’ on the way out

‘‘The X Factor’’ is ending after three seasons. Fox and the show’s production companies announced Friday that the US edition of the singing competition won’t be coming back in the fall. ‘‘X Factor’’ head judge and creator Simon Cowell, who served as a judge on Fox’s ‘‘American Idol’’ for nine seasons, will return to the British version of ‘‘X Factor’’ later this year.

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“So honored to have been, um, honored by Hasty Pudding at Harvard last night. Their show was awesome.” — Neil Patrick Harris, in a tweet Saturday after he was roasted and treated to a show by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals.