The LEGO Batman Movie wins the box office weekend with $55.6 million.
The film, which follows Lego Batman as he fights off the likes of the Joker alongside Robin, Batgirl, and Alfred, didn’t quite reach its estimated projections of $60 million. However, it’s sure to continue grossing a respectable amount of money, especially given that this its first weekend at the box office. The LEGO Batman Movie stars Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, and Michael Cera among several other voice cast members.
At the international box office, The LEGO Batman Movie grossed an estimated $46.3 million in over 60 markets overseas. The film still opened to a lesser amount than The LEGO Movie, which made $69 million when it opened in 2014.
Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the highly successful Fifty Shades of Grey, opened to $46.8 million in its opening weekend. Based on the best-selling novel by E.L. James, Fifty Shades Darker is the second of a trilogy of films. The BDSM film is R-rated and definitely has more sex scenes than the first one did, but many have criticized the film for romanticizing the unhealthy, terrible, stalker-type behavior of its lead male. The film stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey.
In third place at the box office is another opening film, John Wick: Chapter 2. The film brings back Keanu Reeves as the assassin John Wick and also stars Laurence Fishburne, Ruby Rose, Common, Ian McShane, and John Leguizamo. Opening ahead of its expected target amount with $30 million, John Wick: Chapter 2 more than doubled the opening weekend gross of its predecessor, which opened to $14.4 million back in 2014.
M. Night Shyamalan’s Split dropped to fourth place with $9.3 million, bringing its domestic gross to $112 million. Hidden Figures, the only Oscar contender in the group, remains in the top five, bringing in another $8 million. Its domestic gross is now at $131.5 million and it has taken the title of the highest-grossing Oscar-nominated film.
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