Weekend Box Office: ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Swings into First

Weekend Box Office

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.

Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan

Keanu ReevesChapter 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.

Keanu Reeves & Franco Nero

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.

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