A weekend that saw something for everyone open led to quite a fruitful weekend at the box office for a trio of new arrivals.
In first this weekend is The LEGO Batman Movie (read our review), the first spinoff in Warner Bros.’ burgeoning LEGO-based film franchise. The movie made $55.6 million in its first three days, which is well short of what the original LEGO Movie brought in during the same time frame ($69 million), but still an impressive feat. That figure is humorously enough the fourth-highest debut for a theatrically-released film starring Batman (though, that obviously is not adjusted for inflation). LEGO Batman earned widely positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, which certainly made it appealing for viewers of all ages.
Despite a somewhat softer opening than some might have expected, LEGO Batman should be set up for a long commercial run. There aren’t any high-profile animated films on the docket for a while, and the next movie that’ll be going after families is Beauty and the Beast in mid-March. For the time being, LEGO Batman is going to have a monopoly on its target demographic, a situation quite similar to Sing over the past few months. When the international numbers are factored in, LEGO Batman has grossed $92.6 million globally, already earning back its $80 million production budget.
Though Fifty Shades Darker (read our review) won Friday, it had to settle for second for the weekend with $46.7 million. That is quite the decline from Fifty Shades of Grey, which debuted with $85.1 million in 2015. The biggest culprit for this is most likely the critical reception, which was universally negative. That reaction clearly didn’t do Darker any favors, making the film toxic for the uninitiated. The adaptation of the novel could only truly attract the built-in fan base that was excited to see the story on the big screen, and since the novelty of the property has worn off, Darker was a little more niche than its predecessor. It will be interesting to see how it holds up over the next few weeks, since it could slide down the charts now.
Debuting in third is John Wick: Chapter 2 (read our review), the sequel to 2014’s fan-favorite action sleeper hit. Keanu Reeves’ return earned $30 million in its first three days, more than double what the original managed when it first opened ($14.4 million). The John Wick brand has acquired a sizable following, and many were excited to see the followup three years later. While Chapter 2 couldn’t contend with its fellow new releases, it was still able to stand out and serve a portion of the moviegoing public eager for well-constructed genre thrills. The sequel is shaping up to be a bigger hit than the first movie, which bodes well for those hoping to see Chapter 3 soon.
In fourth is Split. M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller made $9.3 million in its fourth weekend, raising its domestic total to $112.2 million.
Rounding out the top five is Hidden Figures, which made $8 million. The Best Picture contender is now up to $131.4 million in the States.
The #6 film is A Dog’s Purpose. Grossing $7.3 million, the film increased its U.S. total to $42.5 million.
Rings slides to seventh in its second weekend, dropping 55.2 percent and making $5.8 million. The horror sequel is now up to $21.4 million Stateside. Thanks the the worldwide figure of $51.9 million, it’s more than doubled its $25 million production budget, but that still might not be enough for Paramount to continue the franchise down the road.
In eighth is La La Land, which made $5 million over the weekend. The musical has now earned $126 million domestically and nearly $300 million worldwide.
Lion secures the ninth spot, grossing $4 million. The drama is now up to $30.3 million domestically.
Capping off the top 10 is The Space Between Us. The sci-fi romance made $1.7 million in its second weekend, bringing in only $6.5 million for its run up to this point.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates — based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, February 13 — at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo