NEW YORK (AP) — “The Lego Film 2: The Second Half” was simply the highest ticket-seller in theaters over the weekend, however the movie’s $35 million opening didn’t stack as much as its anticipated haul, in keeping with studio estimates Sunday.
The animated sequel had been forecast to attract round $50 million. As a substitute, it debuted with half the $69 million the 2014 authentic did, regardless of good critiques and an A-minus CinemaScore.
With a couple of $100 million price range, Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Film 2” had been pegged as a reliable, star-studded franchise launch positive to kick-start a moribund field workplace. However after file ticket gross sales final 12 months, Hollywood’s 2019 has gotten off to such a foul starting that the film’s tagline of “Every thing will not be superior” is trying extra like correct trade evaluation.
“The expectations have been definitely a lot larger for ‘The Lego Film 2’ contemplating the success of the primary installment,” mentioned Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore. “We have been all hoping that this may be the weekend that acquired the momentum of the field workplace stepping into the correct course. We’re nonetheless ready.”
Each weekend this 12 months has been down from the identical weekend a 12 months in the past. That is a streak positive to proceed. Subsequent weekend, the brand new releases embody “Completely satisfied Dying Day 2U” and “Alita: Battle Angel.” What opened the identical weekend final 12 months? “Black Panther.”
“Momentum is the whole lot on the field workplace,” Dergarabedian mentioned. “And we have form of misplaced that.”
Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Will Ferrell and others reprise their voice roles in “The Lego Film 2,” whereas Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph be part of the forged. Mike Mitchell directs the film written by authentic writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Oversaturation may very well be in charge. Because the 2014 authentic, which grossed $469 million worldwide, Warner Bros. launched two spinoffs: “The Lego Batman Film” in 2017 and “The Lego Ninjago Film” later the identical 12 months.
Distribution executives for Warner Bros. declined to touch upon the weekend’s outcomes.
Till now, 2019’s sluggish field workplace was partly blamed on lack of high quality releases, with solely a handful of extremely promoted movies from main studios. This weekend noticed a comparatively strong slate of releases, together with Taraji P. Henson’s “What Males Need” and the Liam Neeson thriller “Chilly Pursuit.” Each did strong if not spectacular enterprise.
Paramount’s “What Males Need,” a unfastened remake of the 2000 Mel Gibson comedy, debuted with $19 million. Henson performs a sports activities agent with the power to listen to males’s ideas in Adam Shankman’s movie, a sort of gender flip from the unique. The movie acquired poor critiques (47 % recent on Rotten Tomatoes), however audiences gave it an A-minus CinemaScore.
Lionsgate’s “Chilly Pursuit” debuted with $10.Eight million, a consequence consistent with expectations regardless of the controversy that surrounded its star within the week main as much as launch. Neeson drew heavy criticism after he acknowledged in an interview printed final Monday that he wished to kill a random black particular person when a detailed buddy advised him she had been raped by a black man.
Neeson later appeared on “Good Morning America” to say he is not a racist. Organizers for the New York premiere of “Chilly Pursuit” canceled the movie’s purple carpet.
Orion Photos’ horror thriller “The Prodigy” additionally debuted, with $6 million.
China’s first big-budget space-movie spectacle “The Wandering Earth” bowed in China over the Chinese language New Yr vacation weekend with a staggering $172.7 million Friday to Sunday, and almost $300 million since opening Tuesday.
Estimated ticket gross sales for Friday by means of Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, in keeping with Comscore. The place out there, the most recent worldwide numbers for Friday by means of Sunday are additionally included. Closing home figures will probably be launched Monday.
1. “The Lego Film 2: The Second Half,” $35 million ($18.1 million worldwide).
2. “What Males Need,” $19 million.
3. “Chilly Pursuit,” $10.Eight million ($2.Eight million worldwide).
4. “The Upside,” $7.2 million.
5. “Glass,” $6.Four million ($6.6 million worldwide).
6. “The Prodigy,” $6 million ($1.1 million worldwide).
7. “Inexperienced Guide,” $3.6 million ($11.Four million worldwide).
8. “Aquaman,” $3.Three million ($6 million worldwide).
9. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” $Three million.
10. “Miss Bala,” $2.7 million.
Estimated ticket gross sales for Friday by means of Sunday at worldwide theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), in keeping with Comscore.
1. “The Wander Earth,” $172.7 million.
2. “Loopy Alien,” $77.7 million.
3. “Pegasus,” $52.Four million.
4. “How To Prepare Your Dragon: The Hidden
World,” $38.2 million.
5. “Alita: Battle Angel,” $32 million.
6. “Boonie Bears: Blast Into The Previous,” $27.Eight million.
7. “Excessive Job,” $18.2 million.
8. “The Lego Film 2: The Second Half,” $18.1 million.
9. “The New King Of Comedy,” $14.9 million.
10. “Inexperienced Guide,” $11.Four million.
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