LEGO Batman Beats Fifty Shades Darker and John Wick to Win the Weekend Box Office
The LEGO Batman Movie topped the box office earning an estimated $55.6 million for its first weekend. The film opened similarly to The LEGO Movie which earned $69 million its opening weekend. Overseas The LEGO Batman Movie earned an estimated $37 million to bring its worldwide total to $92.6 million. With little competition for a while and good word of mouth, the film should do quite well based on its “A-” CinemaScore and 91% approval on RottenTomatoes.
In second place was another new film, Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey. The film earned an estimated $46.8 million. That’s an astounding $40 million less than the first film which earned $85.2 million and went on to earn $571 million worldwide. The film did earn $100.1 million from 57 markets for a total of $146.9 million. The original film dropped 74% in its second weekend, so it should be interesting to see how this does. With Valentine’s Day this week, who knows how that’ll factor into things, but it should help.
John Wick: Chapter Two was in third place and also another debut. The film earned an estimated $30 million domestically and $10.6 million from 41 foreign markets. The film received an “A-” CinemaScore and 90% on RottenTomatoes. The original film opened with $14 million domestically and went on to earn $43 million domestically and $43 million in foreign markets.
Split finally drops from first place moving to fourth. The film earned an additional $9.3 million domestically and earned $112.3 million from the domestic box office and $57.1 million from foreign markets for a total of $169.4 million. With a budget of just $9 million, that’s a fantastic return of 18.8 so far (and counting).
Rounding out the top five, Hidden Figures added an estimated $8 million to its total. It currently stands at $131.5 million domestically. It has passed La La Land for domestic earnings, but that film leads for worldwide total.
In more comic film related news, Doctor Strange added $187,000 to its total to bring its domestic total to $232.2 million. Worldwide, the film has earned $673.6 million. We’ll have more of a breakdown as far as 2016’s comic movies in an hour.