‘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

Last Updated: February 19, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

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.


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