'The Lego Movie 2' opens No.1 but everything is not awesome

Lawrence Kim
February 11, 2019

In North America, the sequel topped the box office ahead of competition from What Men Want ($19 million) and Cold Pursuit ($10.8 million), but its $35 million haul was well down from tracking estimates of between $45 and $60 million, and nearly 50% lower than its predecessor.

The bricks were back in town this week in the U.S. as The Lego Movie 2 went into cinemas and topped the chart on its debut weekend.

The weekend didn't turn out to be quite as big as expected, thanks mostly due to a severe underperformance from Warner Bros.'s The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, which debuted approximately $20 million below expectations as franchise fatigue seems to have settled in rather quickly. But unlike the film's anthem, everything is was not awesome for the sequel in its first three days in theatres.

It took all of one weekend for it to be clear that there would be a sequel to 2014's "The Lego Movie". The dwindling returns for the films in this franchise suggests the studio jumped the gun with so many spin-offs before actually establishing the overall series. It features Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Charlie Day, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, and Will Ferrell reprising their roles from the previous film, along with new additions to the cast including Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, and Maya Rudolph. Each entry cost between $60 million and $80 million before taking marketing into account.

What Men Want is a 2019 American fantasy comedy film directed by Adam Shankman. Audiences gave LEGO 2 an "A-" CinemaScore, matching the same score for LEGO Batman, though the films have been trending increasingly male with LEGO 2 playing to an audience that was 57% male, the largest gender discrepancy among all four films so far. A loose remake of the 2000 film What Women Want, the plot follows a woman who, after drinking a potent concoction given by a shaman, gains the ability to hear men's inner thoughts. Neeson made headlines this week for making racially charged comments about his friend's rape. "Orange Is the New Black" actress Taylor Schilling stars in the supernatural thriller, directed by Nicholas McCarthy. It centres around two parents who are forced to investigate if their child is possessed by evil spirits.

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