“Batman” Holds Off Damon At Box-Office

“The LEGO Batman Movie” remained at the top of the box-office this weekend, pulling in an estimated $34 million and easily holding off three newcomers which all had soft arrivals.

The $150 million epic “The Great Wall” starring Matt Damon finally opened States-side to bad reviews and third place with $18.1 million. The film was made primarily for the overseas market and has grossed $244 million outside the U.S. so far so it isn’t going to be hurt much by a soft U.S. theatrical run.

The other two newcomers were the Charlie Day and Ice Cube-led comedy “Fist Fight” which made $12 million, and Gore Verbinski’s weird horror tale “A Cure for Wellness” which bombed in tenth place with just $4.2 million – a far cry from other (and cheaper) horror openers around this time of year.

Of the returning films, “Fifty Shades Darker” came in second place with $21 million, falling a fairly standard 55% in its second weekend. “John Wick: Chapter 2” came in fourth with $16.5 million and a quite good 46% drop.

A month and a half into the New Year and so far its “Split” ($123M) and the Oscar contenders who’ve been faring the best with “Hidden Figures” ($142M) and “La La Land” ($133M) doing excellent repeat business and both in the Top 10 after two months of release.

Source: Box-Office Mojo