Weekend Box Office: ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Swings into First
Warner Bros. Pictures’ The LEGO Batman Movie opened on top with an impressive $55,6 million from 4,088 theaters. The brick version of the Dark Knight bested Fifty Shades Darker (Universal Pictures) and Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter Two.
The Chris McKay-directed spinoff features the voices of Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, and Ralph Fiennes. The PG-rated adventure in interlocking Gotham received an A- CinemaScore from audiences.
Opening in second was the female-fueled Fifty Shades Darker with an opening of $46.7 million, 44 percent behind the breaking $85 million bow of Fifty Shades of Grey. The R-rated film reunited Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan just in time for Valentine’s Day but the bondage-romance follow-up still landed a little under its most ambitious expectations.
Keanu Reeves‘ Chapter 2, the weekend’s third new entry was number three, taking in an absolutely smashing $30 million from 3,113 theaters. The Chad Stahelski-directed sequel earned more than double the original John Wick made on it’s opening weekend in 2014.
M. Night Shyamalan’s Split (Universal) and 20th Century Fox’s Hidden Figures rounded out the top five at the North American box office with $9.3 million and $8 million, respectively. The hit thriller surrendered the first place after three-straight wins, while the NASA drama has earned the most of any film vying in the best picture Oscar race.
1. The LEGO Batman Movie — $55.6 million
2. Fifty Shades Darker — $46.7 million
3. John Wick: Chapter Two — $30 million
4. Split — $9.3 million ($112.2 mil.)
5. Hidden Figures — $8 million ($131.4 mil.)
6. A Dog’s Purpose — $7.3 million ($42.5 mil.)
7. Rings — $5.8 milion ($21.4 mil.)
8. La La Land — $5 million ($126 mil.)
9. Lion — $4 million ($30.3 mil.)
10. The Space Between Us — $1.7 million ($6.5 mil.)
In limited release, Amma Asante‘s drama A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, earned $70,000 from four theaters.
Next week has the period fantasy-action The Great Wall starring Matt Damon, which will go up against comedy Fist Fight (Warner Bros.), starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day, and Fox’s thriller A Cure for Wellness, starring Dane DeHaan.