|#||Movie||Studio||Weekend Gross||Lifetime Gross|
|1||The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part||WB||$34,115,335||$34,115,335|
|2||What Men Want||Paramount||$18,232,087||$18,232,087|
|9||Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse||Sony||$3,043,626||$179,825,253|
It was a busy weekend with four movies opening in over 2,000 theaters each. And while “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” easily came in first place, it finished well below estimates. The other new openers, “What Men Want,” “Cold Pursuit” and “The Prodigy” all finished closer to industry forecasts.
“The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” pulled in $34.1M. This is almost $20M less than expected. It is also less than half of what the first LEGO movie grossed in its opening weekend. Signs show that audiences may no longer be interested in this franchise. “The LEGO Movie 2” grossed less than “The LEGO Batman Movie.” The two spin-offs (“The LEGO Batman Movie” and “The LEGO Ninjago Movie“) that came before this movie might mean audiences have had too much at this point.
“What Men Want,” on the other hand, came in right in line with expectations. The film grossed $18.2M in over 2,900 theaters. It overcame weak reviews to post a solid number. If its trajectory matches that of “Night School,” it will likely finish around $53M. Against a budget of $20M, that would make it a financial success.
Despite making controversial headlines, Liam Neeson led “Cold Pursuit” to a start that fell in line with expectations. Its $11.0M haul this weekend almost matched Neeson’s previous film, “The Commuter.” “The Commuter” went on to gross $36M, so “Cold Pursuit” looks headed for a finish around $30M. These numbers, however, represent a stark departure from Neeson’s peak, when “Taken 2” made $49.5M in its opening weekend. This opening is actually the worst for a Neeson-led action film since 1990’s “Darkman.”
“The Upside” posted another small decline this weekend to finish with $7.1M. That represents a decline of only 17%. Its domestic run now stands at $85.7M and seems likely to make it to $100M.
Opening just outside the top five, Orion’s horror thriller, “The Prodigy,” raked in $5.8M. Weak reviews might hold the film back over the long haul, but since its budget was only $6M, it should be a safe bet to turn a modest profit.
Continuing to hang on in the top ten, “Green Book” added $3.4M to its tally. Its domestic run now stands at $61.4M. There are still two weeks left before the Oscars, so expect its box office to continue to hold through the telecast in this second run.
“Miss Bala” added just under $2.7M to its total to bring it to $11.9M. The film still has a ways to go to break even, but hopefully future international rollouts will help to close the gap.
Next weekend will see the opening of Blumhouse’s “Happy Death Day 2U” and “Isn’t It Romantic,” starring Rebel Wilson.