Everything is Awesome for ‘The Lego Batman Movie’
With two mainstream brands going face-to-face this weekend, there was no surprise that we were in store for the busiest frame of 2017. Though, Warner Bros.’ animated comedy, The Lego Batman Movie pulled out the win this weekend with an estimated $55.6 million.
At least for one franchise this weekend, lightning was able strike twice. While The Lego Batman Movie scored the 7th biggest February opener, it fell a bit short of The Lego Movie’s debut. Back in 2014, everything was awesome when that film opened with $69.1 million. The Lego Batman Movie is in excellent position, potentially winning the next two weekends at the box office. If it has any chance of hanging with the likes of early year animated hits like The Lego Movie or Zootopia, it’ll need to drop 27% next weekend. Audience are still pleased with the franchise, rewarding the spin-off an A- on CinemaScore. The Lego Movie was slightly more receptive with an A grade.
Curious was hardly a word to describe the erotic romance, Fifty Shades Darker over the weekend. The critically panned sequel debuted to $46.8 million. That’s a major drop from Fifty Shades of Grey, which opened to $85.2 million in 2015. With many sequels such as Alice Through the Looking Glass and The Divergent Series: Allegiant falling short of their predecessors, Fifty Shades wasn’t exactly whipped. The problem here is its run will crash-and-burn if it plays like Fifty Shades of Grey did two years ago. If that’s the case, Darker may end up under the $100 million mark. Surprisingly enough, the Universal thriller scored a B+ on CinemaScore, which was much higher than the last film’s C grade. That’s a total reversal of the critical consensus.
The biggest shocker of the weekend was Lionsgate’s action vehicle, John Wick: Chapter 2. The Keanu Reeves sequel blasted $30 million in box office sales this weekend. Back in 2014, John Wick was a lesser-known brand, debuting with $14.4 million. Critics and audiences have both raved about John Wick: Chapter 2. On CinemaScore, the film received an A- grade. If word-of-mouth kicks in, we might be looking at this year’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. A similar run might even push the sequel over $100 million. Under that scenario, that would be Reeves’ first trip to century club since Something’s Gotta Give in 2003.
After three weeks on top, M. Night Shyamalan’s Split succumbed to the new release trifecta. The Universal thriller dipped 35.4% over the weekend, bringing in $9.3 million. By Tuesday, Split will top Shyamalan’s own The Village ($114.2 million). Chances of topping 2010’s The Last Airbender remain in limbo. Small drops could push the film over the $131.8 million needed. In any case, this has been an unexpected return to form for the director of The Sixth Sense and Signs.
Rounding out the charts the weekend is Academy Award nominee, Hidden Figures. Fox’s historical film dipped a mere 21.5% over the weekend. With another $8 million in the bank, Hidden Figures has reached $131.5 million domestically. $150 million continues to be a possibility.
The Lego Batman Movie and Fifty Shades Darker both performed weaker than projected. However, my prediction for John Wick: Chapter 2 has highly underestimated.
Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.
#1 – The Lego Batman Movie (NR)
$55.6 million / $55.6 million total
#2 – Fifty Shades Darker (NR)
$46.8 million / $46.8 million total
#3 – John Wick: Chapter 2 (NR)
$30.0 million / $30.0 million total
#4 – Split (1)
$9.3 million / $112.3 million total
#5 – Hidden Figures (4)
$8.0 million / $131.5 million total
Opening Next Week: A Cure for Wellness, Fist Fight, The Great Wall
Source: Box Office Mojo