By the end of Friday it looked like Christian Grey would end up on top, but he proved to have less stamina than the Caped Crusader with Warners’ “The LEGO Batman Movie” winning the domestic box office this weekend with an estimated $55.6 million.
That’s behind the $69 million of the first “LEGO Movie,” but a very robust start and a good sign for a film that cost $80 million. Additionally it took a further $37 million from sixty markets around the world this weekend.
The ‘Grey’ sequel, “Fifty Shades Darker,” also performed better than expected with a $46.8 million opening domestically and a further $100.1 million overseas. That domestic haul is far behind the $85 million opening of the first, but the CinemaScore was better (B+ to a C+) suggesting audiences warmed to it more. That global opening is the fourth biggest for an R-rated film internationally behind only the first ‘Shades,’ “Deadpool” and “The Matrix Revolutions”.
The Keanu Reeves-led “John Wick: Chapter 2” came in a superb third with $30 million from domestic markets and $10.6 million overseas. The first film opened to just $14.4 million domestically ahead of an $86 million worldwide haul so this is very good news.
“Split” dropped to fourth with $9.3 million, giving it a four-week total of $112.3 million, while “Hidden Figures” was fifth with $8 million. Shaking off the controversy, “A Dog’s Purpose” fell to sixth with $7.4 million and now sits at $42.6 million domestically – nearly double its $22 million budget. “Rings” fell to just $5.8 million its second weekend for a domestic total of $21.5 million.