The LEGO Batman Movie bested Fifty Shades Darker in the battle for the top spot. Meanwhile John Wick: Chapter 2 overperformed in 3rd.
The LEGO Batman Movie opened in 1st with $53 million, which is behind THE LEGO Movie‘s 2014 $69.1 million start. After 5 days the spin-off is at $60.8 million in the US, slightly behind Fifty Shades Darker‘s $61.4 million (thanks to a big $10.9 million take yesterday on Valentine’s Day). So all in all The LEGO Batman Movie is performing in line with the studio’s expectations, but slightly less than industry predictions. Still great numbers and if The LEGO Batman Movie ends up with similar box office legs to its predecessor (The LEGO Movie had a 3.7 multiplier in the US), it could ultimately finish its domestic run somewhere between $160 million and $200 million domestically. As far as Batman movies go that would be good for 7th (Batman Returns, $162.8 million) or 6th (Batman Forever, $184 million), but probably not enough for 5th (Batman Begins, $205.3 million).
Fifty Shades Darker delivered a $46.6 million debut in 2nd, way down from the $85.2 million (at the time a record for the month of February) of the first film. At the same time that’s slightly more than most expected, plus like I said above, including Monday and Tuesday (Valentine’s Day) it did eventually beat The LEGO Batman Movie, $61.4 million to $60.8 million. Of course that’s not going to stick for long. Similar to its predecessor Fifty Shades Darker will probably drop pretty hard next weekend, so Batman will move back into the lead. When all will be said and done this sequel should have $100-120 million in the US.
John Wick: Chapter 2 was the exact opposite of Fifty Shades Darker, more than doubling the opening weekend of the first John Wick ($14.4 million) with $30.4 million. I’d say Chapter 2 ($37.8 million after 5 days) is now maybe two days away from matching the domestic total of the first film ($43 million). At this rate John Wick: Chapter 2 is headed for $75-100 million in the US, which is great news as that’s more than enough to convince Lionsgate to give the green light to a 3rd John Wick film. Yes, Mr. Wick is here to stay.
Previous box office champ Split dropped to 4th with $9.5 million, down 34%. The M. Night Shyamalan directed thriller has so far made $113.2 million, ranking 5th (4th by the time you read this) among his body of work. It looks like Split is headed for a final total of about $140-150 million in the US, which would push it to 3rd.
Hidden Figures rounds out the top 5 with $8 million, off by 21.5%. After 51 days the drama stands at $132.2 million and still going strong, on its way to $160 million or more domestically. There’s a good chance Hidden Figures might remain the top grossing 2016 Best Picture Oscar nominee, at least in the US, since La La Land continues to fall behind, now at $126.5 million.