'LEGO Batman' tops second weekend as new releases underperform


The LEGO Batman Movie triumphed over President’s Day weekend, dropping a modest 37.7% to take $33 million over the Friday-Sunday span. That brings its total domestic gross up to $97.6 million; add in  Monday’s numbers, and we’re looking at $107 million after 11 days.

Second place also went to a second-weekend holdover: Universal’s Fifty Shades Darker, which dropped an about-as-expected 56.3% to earn $20.3 million over the three-day weekend (four-day gross $23.2 million; domestic gross $91.9 million). You have to go down to spot number three to find a new release, that being fellow Universal release The Great Wall, which earned a lackluster $21.6 million (four-day) on 3,326 screens. Reviews aren’t great, which, coupled with a B CinemaScore, means this one won’t have strong word of mouth keeping it afloat over the coming weeks. But the situation isn’t that dire; given its $150 million budget, Universal is certainly wishing The Great Wall was on track to perform better, but a $244.6 million international cume means they and producing partner Legendary Entertainment will end up in the black.

Only one more new release cracked the top five: Fist Fight (three-day gross $12.2 million, four-day gross $14.5 million), which lagged behind holdover John Wick Chapter 2 (three-day gross $16.1 million; four-day gross $19.1 million) in fourth place. The latter film has earned $61.2 million over two weeks, bringing its domestic cume to $18.2 million more than that of its predecessor’s entire run.

The weekend’s biggest disappointment belonged to 20th Century Fox’s A Cure for Wellness, which just managed to sneak into the top ten with $4.3 million on 2,704 screens. (That’s the three-day numbers; add in Monday, and you get $5 million and a perch at spot number eleven.) That gives Wellness the third lowest per-theatre opening for a film this year, behind Gold and The Space Between Us.

New to theatres in specialty release were Everybody Loves Somebody ($927,00 three-day; $1.1 million four-day on 333 screens), Keep Quiet ($6,500 three-day on a single screen) and From Nowhere ($5,408 three-day, $7,000 four-day on two screens).