‘LEGO Movie 2’ Falls Short of Topping the Original’s Debut
LEGO Movie 2 builds itself a number-one opening
Everything is still sort of awesome for Warner Bros. Pictures this week, the studio’s newest “LEGO” movie opened at number-one at the box office against “Cold Pursuit,” “What Men Want,” and “The Prodigy,” but it’s not a perfect situation. While “The LEGO Movie 2” was this week’s winner, the sequel barely reached half of the original’s opening debut, which has to be a disappointment for the studio.
The new animated-comedy came up short of the original’s opening weekend, “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” still won the week with a $34.4M opening across 4,303 locations. The original “The LEGO Movie” opened in 2014 and opened at number-one at the domestic box office with a $69M debut. That film went on to make over $469M worldwide. “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” was directed by Mike Mitchell; the film features the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill.
Paramount Pictures’ adult-comedy “What Men Want” had a strong $19M opening this week across 2,912 locations. “What Men Want” was directed by Adam Shankman; the film stars Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Max Greenfield.
The thriller “Cold Pursuit” landed in third-place overall this week, bringing in $10.8M across 2,630 locations. “Cold Pursuit” was directed by Hans Petter Moland; the film stars Liam Neeson, Emmy Rossum, and Laura Dern.
The new releases bumped STX’s comedy “The Upside” down to fourth-place overall on the domestic charts, but the film still brought in another $7.2M at 3,372 locations. Now in its fifth week in theaters, the film has made over $85.8M for the studio. “The Upside” was directed by Neil Burger; the film stars Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, and Nicole Kidman.
“Glass,” from Universal Pictures, was another film that dropped in the rankings. The thriller landed in fifth-place this week after bringing in $6.4M across 3,254 locations. The film still had an amazing run in theaters, bringing in $98.4M domestically in just four weeks. “Glass” was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and the film stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, and Sarah Paulson.
Not making the top five but worth mentioning is this week’s new thriller “The Prodigy,” which debuted in sixth-place on the box office charts. “The Prodigy” had a $6M opening across 2,530 locations this week, and with a new thriller on the way, has a tough battle next weekend. “The Prodigy” was directed by Nicholas McCarthy; the film stars Taylor Schilling.
These films will have two new releases to battle next weekend. Universal Pictures will release the horror-thriller “Happy Death 2U,” and Warner Bros. Pictures will release the romantic-comedy “Isn’t it Romantic” with Rebel Wilson.