This year is off to a suh-lowww start, my friends. January’s big breadwinner was M. Night Shyamalan‘s Glass, which has yet to hit $100 million domestically. But The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part was supposed to bring balance to the box office as the year’s first franchise film. Alas, the animated sequel directed by Mike Mitchell and written by Chris Miller and Phil Lord debuted to $34.4 million, well below the expected $50-55 million range.
This likely comes down to LEGO fatigue at the movie theater, a sentence that would make absolutely no sense six years ago. Following the massive, unexpected success of The LEGO Movie and its $257 million domestic gross, Warner Bros. released both The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie in 2017. (Batman opened to $53 million while Ninjago is still the lowest debut at $20.4 million.) As they say, too many blocks spoils the broth. But all is not lost for The LEGO Movie 2. The film, which still boasts star power in the likes of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Arnett, could make ground over the long President’s Day weekend.
Meanwhile, What Men Want opened to $19 million, a subdued but solid start considering the comedy’s $20 million budget. Directed by Adam Shankman, the film stars Taraji P. Henson as a sports agent who suddenly finds she can read men’s thoughts. Assumedly, that power would help to understand why nobody went to see Liam Neeson‘s revenger-thriller Cold Pursuit, which debuted this weekend to a chilly $10.8 million, one of the lowest of Neeson’s career for an action flick. (A Walk Among the Tombstones opened to $12.8 million. Did you see A Walk Among the Tombstones?)
The fourth newcomer of the weekend, The Prodigy, couldn’t crack the top 5. The creepy-kid horror flick directed by Nicolas McCarthy opened to $6 million, losing out to Glass ($6.4 million) and the incredibly persistent The Upside ($7.2 million).
Check out the weekend’s top 10 estimates below, and be back here next week to see if Alita: Battle Angel can eye up the competition.
|1.||The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part||$34,400,000||$34,400,000|
|2.||What Men Want||$19,000,000||$19,000,000|
|9.||Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse||$3,040,000||$179,821,627|