The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Takes First with a Very Weak Opening
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part was the top of the box office with an estimated $34.4 million opening but that’s about $20 million below expectations. It was predicted to open with $50-55 million which is still below the $69 million opening of the first film in February 2014. It’s also below the $53 million for The LEGO Batman Movie in February 2017 but it is better than the $20.4 million for The LEGO Ninjago Movie in September 2017. It’s likely too many films in too short a time is an issue or the originality of the first has diminishing returns.
The film has gotten good reviews though with an “A-” CinemaScore but an audience that’s 57% male has the series continue to skewer male.
Internationally the film brought in an estimated $18.1 million from 63 markets. The first film brought in $18.4 million from about 30 fewer markets. The sequel still needs to open in Mexico, France, Italy, and Australia.
In second place was What Women Want which opened in the middle of expectations with an estimated $19 million. The film had weak reviews though the audience gave it an “A-” CinemaScore. With just a $20 million budget, the film should do well.
It looks like poor press didn’t hurt Cold Pursuit which exceeded expectations with $10.8 million. The audience was 58% male and 79% aged 25 or older. It received a “B-” CinemaScore and should have a fairly short run in the box office.
In fourth place was The Upside bringing in an estimated $7.2 million to bring its domestic total to $85.8 million. It also brought in $8.9 million internationally to bring its worldwide total to $94.7 million.
Rounding out the top five was Glass with an estimated $5.8 million. Domestically the film has earned $98.5 million. Internationally the film added $6.6 million to bring that total to $123 million and $221.5 million worldwide.
In comic film adaptations…
Aquaman dropped from fourth to #8 with an estimated $3.3 million to bring its domestic total to $328.5 million. Worldwide it has earned $1.120 billion.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse continues to play right behind Aquaman dropping from fifth to #9 with an estimated $3 million. Its domestic total stands at $179.8 million. Worldwide the film has earned $352.6 million.
We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into 2018 and 2019’s comic adaptations!