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‘Lego Batman Movie’ Dominates Box Office for 2nd Weekend

Warner Bros.’ comedy pulls away from ”Fifty Shades Darker“ while ”The Great Wall“ continues to struggle

Everything continues to be awesome for Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Batman Movie,”  pacing to earn a heaping $44 million for the four-day holiday weekend.

Director Chris McKay’s stop-motion animation parody of The Dark Knight will finish the President’s Day holiday with a cumulative $108 million from 4,088 locations.

Universal’s “Fifty Shades Darker” is on track to earn $24 million in its second weekend from 3,714 locationswhile Legendary and Universal’s Matt Damon epic “The Great Wall” is headed toward a disappointing $21 million for the four-day weekend.

That’s probably not what Legendary was hoping for from the most expensive film in the history of Chinese cinema, an historical fantasy epic with a reported production budget of $150 million. Starring Matt Damon, the film received a B from audiences surveyed by CinemaScore and a critics rating of 36% from Rotten Tomatoes.

Thanks to overseas numbers prior to this weekend’s U.S. release, “The Great Wall” now has a worldwide gross of $262 million.

Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 2” came in fourth as Lionsgate has slightly bumped up its projections for the weekend, now expecting a three-day total of $15 million and a four-day total of $19 million.

That would bring the sequel’s total domestic count to $62 million, nearly three-fourths of the $88 million the first “John Wick” made worldwide.

In fifth is the Warner Bros.’ comedy “Fist Fight,” which made $4.8 million Saturday from 3,185 locations for a domestic total of $12.2 million. It is expected to finish the weekend with around $18 million after receiving a B from CinemaScore and a 32% RT rating.

Finishing outside the top ten is Fox’s $40 million thriller “A Cure For Wellness,” which is on track to make just shy of $5 million in its opening weekend.  Gore Verbinski’s strange tale about a shady clinic in the mountains of Europe did poorly with audiences and critics alike with a C+ CinemaScore and a 38% RT rating.