‘Lego Batman Movie,’ ‘Fifty Shades’ Repeat at Box Office
Over the extended President’s Day weekend, the Caped Crusader reigned supreme again at the box office. The Lego Batman Movie claimed the top spot, pulling in an estimated $42.5 million over the four-day weekend.
Down 19.8% from last weekend, The Lego Batman Movie catapulted itself over the $100 million mark in 11 days. That’s a bit harder than The Lego Movie’s 9.5% sophomore drop in 2014. While still destined to be 2017’s highest-grossing film until Beauty and the Beast, chances of hitting $200 million are fading away. It’s best-case scenario if it handles like The Lego Movie is $194 million. Though, harder drops could send the Warner Bros. spin-off to about $170-175 million.
Despite a much weaker debut than Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker is actually holding better. Universal’s erotic sequel dropped 50.1% from last weekend, grossing another $23.3 million. That brings its 11-day total to $92 million. By next weekend, we may looking at the third $100 million film of 2017. Darker is benefiting from less of a faster burn without Valentine’s Day and President’s Day in the same long weekend. If it performs like Grey from here on out, we could be looking at a finish around $116 million. We’ll see how next weekend plays out before ruling out a $120-125 million finish.
While Matt Damon couldn’t bring down Batman or Christian Grey, he was able to top the rest of the newcomers. Universal monster flick, The Great Wall debuted in third with $21.7 million. It’s his worst wide opener since 2011’s feel-good holiday film, We Bought a Zoo ($9.3 million). But considering the negative reviews and crowded market, there wasn’t much there for The Great Wall. Should we call it “The Mediocre Wall?'” Audiences were so-so about the film, giving a B grade on CinemaScore.
Keanu Reeves’ John Wick: Chapter 2 had zero problems, topping the 2014 original. The Lionsgate sequel dipped 37.2% and grossed $19.1 million over the four-day frame. That brings its 11-day total to $61.3 million. Right now, John Wick still has a shot at $100 million. Next weekend will certainly help without any direct competition. However, the week after, the highly-anticipated Logan takes center stage. Whatever John Wick is able to do between now and then will decide the milestone.
Rounding out the charts this week is Charlie Day comedy, Fist Fight. The Warner Bros. comedy also starring Ice Cube opened to $14.5 million. Like The Great Wall, Fist Fight was received to mixed reviews by audiences. On CinemaScore, the film received a B. Expect a run around $35 million as it quickly drops off the top charts.
The Great Wall debuted few notches lower than my $20 million prediction. However, Fist Fight opened slightly higher. A Cure for Wellness only grossed $5 million over the four-day weekend. That’s a fraction of my $22 million Thursday prediction.
Note: These #’s are based on Sunday’s projections and can change with Monday’s actual #’s.
#1 – The Lego Batman Movie (1)
$33.0 million / $42.5 million / $107.1 million total
#2 – Fifty Shades Darker (2)
$20.4 million / $23.3 million / $92.0 million total
#3 – The Great Wall (NR)
$18.5 million / $21.7 million / $21.7 million total
#4 – John Wick: Chapter 2 (3)
$16.2 million / $19.1 million / $61.3 million total
#5 – Fist Fight (NR)
$12.2 million / $14.5 million / $14.5 million total
Opening Next Week: Collide, Get Out, Rock Dog
Source: Box Office Mojo