Box Office Results - 'The Lego Batman Movie', 'Fifty Shades Darker' and 'John Wick: Chapter 2'
Well I got one right this week, so there's that to celebrate about. The Lego Batman Movie took the crown as I expected, but not by as much as I thought it would. Fifty Shades Darker did have a pretty steep decline from the previous film, but it actually managed to hold onto more of its audience than I anticipated. John Wick: Chapter 2 surprised most people this weekend and grossed more than even the most generous of expectations, even mine. Let's break it down.
The Lego Batman Movie (WB)
Predicted: $70 million
Actual: $53 million
Well, I was pretty far off with my prediction for The Lego Batman Movie. I think I got swept up in the hype for this one, I was seeing the good reviews and was sensing the same smash-hit vibe that I was for the first Lego movie. That is not to say that this film's $53 million opening weekend is anywhere close to being bad, it's actually a pretty fantastic opening when put up against other animated openings and having cost only $80 million to produce. The question now becomes whether or not it can crack $200 million. I think it will be just shy of it, but nobody's going to be losing any money over this one. Look for The Lego Batman Movie to hit around $180 million by the time is rolls out of theaters.
Fifty Shades Darker (Universal)
Predicted: $35 million
Actual: $46.6 million
This actually ended up a lot closer to The Lego Batman than I ever thought it would be. Fifty Shades Darker, while still grossing much less than it's predecessor, still managed to impress with a $46 million opening. The film cost $55 million to produce so it's fair to say that it's still going to be a pretty big hit, especially when overseas grosses are factored in. In the long run, look for Fifty Shades Darker to hold up a bit better than it's predecessor and maybe crack $105 million domestically by the time it's finished.
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Lionsgate)
Predicted: $27 million
Actual: $30.4 million
I'm so glad that John Wick: Chapter 2 ended up being my one hit for the weekend. I already sensed that this film might surprise people, and surprise it did, even more-so than I was expecting! The gun-fu actioner brought in an excellent $30.4 million, which is more than double what the first film brought in in it's first weekend of release. I think it's safe to say we're going to by seeing more of the blood-thirsty assassin in the near future. Since the audience and critic reception has been so enthusiastic for the sequel, I'm thinking it has an honest shot at cracking $85 million domestically, which would be an astounding total for a film franchise that started off looking like an afterthought.
The Top Ten:
1. The Lego Batman Movie - $53 million (NEW) $53 million
2. Fifty Shades Darker - $46.6 million (NEW) $46.6 million
3. John Wick: Chapter 2 - $30.4 million (NEW) $30.4 million
4. Split - $9.5 million (-34%) $112.5 million
5. Hidden Figures - $8 million (-21.5%) $131.5 million
6. A Dog's Purpose - $7.3 million (-30.8%) $42.5 million
7. Rings - $5.6 million (-56.6%) $21.3 million
8. La La Land - $4.9 million (-32.9%) $126 million
9. Lion - $4 million (5.1%) $30.2 million
10. Sing - $1.7 million (-58%) $265.4 million
Well that wraps up this weekend of movies, check back in on Wednesday when I predict The Great Wall, and A Cure for Wellness!
Source: Box Office Mojo