With a trio of unimpressive newcomers arriving at the box office this weekend, the path was clear for the holdovers to remain on top.
Coming in first again is The LEGO Batman Movie with $34.2 million in its second weekend. That's only a 35.4 percent decrease from its debut, which is an excellent hold. It isn't surprising the film has had nice legs, given it was a hit with critics and generated enthusiastic word-of-mouth from audiences. LEGO Batman is a fun time at the multiplex for viewers young and old, and its status as the only real family film in town helped as well. To date, the project has brought in $98.7 million domestically for its run.
In second is Fifty Shades Darker, which made $20.9 million in its second weekend. The romance drama is now up to $89.6 million Stateside and has received a great boost from foreign markets. Its worldwide total currently stands at $276.8 million, well surpassing the film's $55 million production budget.
Opening in third is The Great Wall (read our review), grossing $18 million in its first three days. Despite the presence of leading man Matt Damon (who is coming off a pair of commercial hits), the fantasy/epic could not find much traction with American audiences. The most likely culprit is the reception, which was mostly negative. Critics panned the movie by calling it unexciting, which obviously did not help its prospects at the box office. The good news is that The Great Wall has already made $262.6 million globally, making a majority of that haul in China. Still, it will be interesting to see how much of a profit this turns, since the production costs ran up to $150 million.
The #4 film is John Wick: Chapter 2, which made $16.5 million in its second weekend. The action sequel held well, falling 45.8 percent from its debut. To date, Chapter 2 has grossed $58.6 million in the States, already topping the domestic total of its predecessor.
Rounding out the top five is Fist Fight (read our review). The R-rated comedy made $12 million in its first weekend, failing to appeal beyond its target audience. Like its fellow new releases this week, Fist Fight was not exactly a critical darling, and casual audiences were left with little reason to check it out. The film did have a relatively cheap production budget of "only" $25 million, so it should be able to recoup those costs over the long run. That said, with interest this low at the start, it's unlikely to turn things around in the coming weeks.
In sixth is Hidden Figures, which earned $7.1 million in its ninth weekend. The Best Picture contender has now made $142.5 million Stateside.
Split comes in seventh with $7 million. M. Night Shyamalan's latest thriller raised its domestic total to $123.6 million.
The #8 film is A Dog's Purpose. The drama made $5.5 million in its fourth weekend, raising its U.S. total to $50.6 million
Oscar frontrunner La La Land comes in ninth. Earning $4.5 million, the musical now stands at $133.5 million domestically.
Capping off the top 10 is A Cure for Wellness (read our review) with just $4.2 million. The new horror/thriller movie from director Gore Verbinski could not draw in sizable crowds despite its moody, atmospheric marketing campaign and grand visual style. Cure for Wellness was plagued by mediocre reviews and perhaps a lack of awareness. It entered theaters with little fan fare, and the reaction didn't help its prospects.
[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 20 -- at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo