The LEGO Batman Movie was once again the number 1 movie of the weekend at the North American box office. Meanwhile newcomers The Great Wall, Fist Fight and A Cure for Wellness failed to impress.
The LEGO Batman Movie made $32.7 million Friday to Sunday, down 38.4% from its opening weekend, and $42.7 million including Monday, which was Presidents’ Day in the US. That puts the animation at $107.3 million after 11 days, or $35.5 million behind The LEGO Movie at the same point in its run. The main takeaway here is The LEGO Batman Movie might not make it to $200 million domestically, but even $170-190 million is plenty enough, especially since the animation carries a below average (for the genre) $80 million budget. And of course Warner Bros. aren’t slowing their LEGO roll anytime soon with The LEGO Ninjago out in September and The LEGO Movie 2 in 2019. I’m sure soon enough we’ll hear about a The LEGO Batman Movie 2 for sometime in 2020.
Fifty Shades Darker stayed in 2nd, this time with $20.3 million for the normal 3-day weekend, off by 56.5%, and $22.7 million over the extended weekend. That 56.5% drop, while still the biggest one in the top 10, was much better than anyone expected going into the weekend. Keep in mind Fifty Shades of Grey lost a massive 73.9% in its 2nd frame and ultimately finished with $166.2 million in the US after a $85.2 million debut. That was a very bad 1.95 multiplier, meaning Grey made more than half of its money opening weekend. After grossing $91.4 million in 11 days the sequel is already sporting a better multiplier, 1.96. I mean it’s still going to stop before $120 million domestically, possibly $50 million shy of Grey, but at least its not dropping as hard. Universal still have one more of these left and looking at Darker‘s box office legs (by Fifty Shades standards) there might still be hope for it, hope that it doesn’t completely crash and burn (like the 3rd Divergent film did).
The Great Wall opened in 3rd with $18.5 million over 3 days and $21.5 million over 4. Considering The Great Wall cost $150 million, there’s no way you can spin this into anything more than an epic box office disappointment. Yet I’m still pretty impressed The Great Wall managed to get as much as it did in the US. All in all it probably won’t surpass $45 million.
John Wick: Chapter 2 delivered $16.2 million in 4th, blasting its way to $61.2 million after 11 days in theaters. That’s a 46.7% drop over last weekend, very similar to John Wick‘s 44.5% drop. So the action sequel is still on track for $80-90 million domestically, which would be about twice as much as the first film made over its entire box office run ($43 million in the US).
Fist Fight rounds out the top 5 with a $12.2 million debut, $14.1 million including Monday. It’s a somewhat okay start for the comedy, yet I’m sure Warner were maybe expecting a bit more. When all will be said and done Fist Fight could be looking at $36-45 million in the US.
A Cure for Wellness bombed in 10th with a $4.4 million opening weekend. Including Monday, which gets the thriller to $5 million, it actually moves down to 11th. For director Gore Verbinski this was almost a new career low (still The Weather Man with a $4.2 million start). And even if A Cure for Wellness is not his worst debut, when it comes to domestic totals it could still end up at the bottom (currently The Weather Man with $12.5 million).