‘Lego Batman’ Wins Again, Whipping ‘Fifty Shades’

By February 19, 2017
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With Valentine’s Day behind us, the love for Fifty Shades Darker is beginning to slip a bit – but not enough for it to not give The Lego Batman Movie a run for box office supremacy.

Except in the end, it was the Dark Knight of family fun defeating the dark night of adult, er, “fun,” as The Lego Batman won its second week in a row at theaters.

The animated Warner Bros. outing earned $32.2 million, according to early box office estimates provided by The Numbers. That was down just 32 percent from its $53 million opening, and has brought its 10-day total to a smidge under $99 million domestically.

Fifty Shades was not far behind with a little less than $21 million. Although the Universal Pictures outing had pulled ahead of Lego Batman in total box office during the weekend, families returned to theaters on Saturday and Sunday, and now Fifty Shades‘ $90 million trails that of the animated feature built on Legos.

The Great Wall was the best-performing newcomer this weekend, a Chinese production starring Matt Damon, that seemed to get minimal promotion in the United States. Its $18.1 million was enough to earn it third place. But if anyone is worried that The Great Wall might not make back its $150 million, fear not. The film already has earned $170.2 million in China alone, bringing its worldwide cume to $242.6 million.

John Wick: Chapter 2 fell to fourth place with $16.5 million, but has now earned $58.7 million domestically since opening last weekend. That already surpassed the total domestic take of the first film, which earned just $43 million in 2014.

The Keanu Reeves sequel also could surpass its predecessor worldwide gross as soon as full international numbers come out early this upcoming week.

Warner Bros.’ new entry for the week, Fist Fight, at least made it into the top five with $12 million. Although it was a soft opening for the film starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day, the studio only invested $25 million into Fist Fight in the first place, meaning it won’t have to work too hard to turn a profit, although that will depend on international returns.

Gore Verbinski stumbled at the box office with this weekend’s only other major wide release. A Cure For Wellness did not resonate with moviegoers, earning just $4.2 million, and barely holding a spot in the top 10 ahead of the Oscar-nominated Lion. With a $40 million budget, it looks like Twentieth Century Fox will have to take the loss here.

The top five films, according to early estimates, earned $101.8 million. That’s up 4 percent from a year ago when Deadpool was entering its second week at No. 1 with $56.5 million, followed once again by Kung Fu Panda 3.

Exploring just the top five films, 2017 has offered a $92.4 million average to this point – still trailing where the box office was to this point last year by more than 16 percent.

Next week, Lionsgate will try its hand at animation with Rock Dog, which already has made $7.8 million overseas, and is now just making its way to the United States. The film is actually the second Chinese-produced feature to try and break its way into the American box office following The Great Wall, and it’s not likely to have much better results.

Instead, all eyes could be on Jordan Peele’s Get Out, starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams and Catherine Keener. Although Rotten Tomatoes has collected just 19 reviews on the film so far, all 19 have been positive. That is odd in itself because not only do critics typically thumb their noses at horror flicks, but it’s also written and directed by someone best known as half the comedy team of Key & Peele.

The only other wide release for the week is Collide starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Marwan Kenzari and Ben Kingsley.

Collide almost didn’t make it to theater, by the way. It was originally part of Relativity Media’s slate to be released in October 2015. However, when that studio went bankrupt, the rights floated around for a short while before being acquired by Open Road, who then delayed the release a number of times between April 2016 and this coming weekend.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

Managing Editor at GeekNation
Michael has spent more than 18 years of his way-long journalism career in entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based in New York City.