Three major releases crowded the box-office this weekend, giving moviegoers a wide-array of new options to avoid the winter weather. Universal and Lionsgate released their highly anticipated follow-ups, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “John Wick 2,” while Warner Bros. Pictures released their family-friendly “The LEGO Batman Movie”.
Even with two high-profile sequels releasing this week, “The LEGO Batman Movie” is the projected winner with a $55M weekend. The animated-comedy opened across 4,088 locations, and earned the top-spot on the domestic charts. “The LEGO Batman Movie” was directed by Chris McKay, the screenplay was written by Seth Grahame-Smith and Chris McKenna. The film features the voice talents of Will Arnett, Michael Cera and Rosario Dawson.
Universal’s “Fifty Shades Darker” did manage to take second-place overall, bringing in over $46M across 3,710 locations. That is still a long-fall from the first installment’s opening weekend, which topped $85M back in 2015. “Fifty Shades Darker” was directed by James Foley, the screenplay was written by Niall Leonard. The film is based on the novel by E.L. James, and stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.
Third-place this week went to “John Wick: Chapter Two”. The follow-up brought in an impressive $30M for Lionsgate this week, opening across 3,113 locations. “John Wick 2” was directed by Chad Stahelski, working off a screenplay written by Derek Kolstad. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ian McShane and Ruby Rose.
“Split,” also from Universal Pictures, dropped to fourth-place overall this week after having a $9.3M weekend. The thriller remained in 2,961 locations and has now grossed over $112M domestically. “Split” was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the film stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Haley Lu Richardson.
FOX’s “Hidden Figures” managed to remain in the top-five on the domestic charts, grossing $8M across 2,667 locations. The film has now brought-in over $131M for the studio, an impressive score for the Oscar hopeful. “Hidden Figures” was directed by Theodore Melfi, who co-wrote the screenplay with Allison Schroeder. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe.
These films will have to battle three brand-new contenders next weekend. Studios are set to release the thriller “A Cure for Wellness,” the comedy “Fist Fight,” and the action thriller “The Great Wall”.