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The LEGO Movie 2 Opens with a Not-So-Awesome $35 Million

With Super Bowl weekend out of the way, the box office was expected to pick up a lot this weekend, but that didn’t happen. Although Warner Bros. Pictures‘ The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part opened in first place, it did so with half of the original film’s opening. The LEGO Movie 2 debuted with $34.4 million from 4,303 theaters, an average of $7,994 per theater, while the first film took in $69 million its opening weekend in February 2014. The LEGO Movie 2 did receive an A- CinemaScore, so word of mouth will be good. The film has earned $35 million, if you count the early screenings from January 26.

The Mike Mitchell-directed sequel also brought in an estimated $18.1 million this weekend from 63 overseas markets, for a worldwide total of $53.1 million so far.

Reprising their starring roles from the first film are Chris Pratt as Emmet, Elizabeth Banks as Lucy (aka Wyldstyle), Will Arnett as LEGO Batman, Nick Offerman as Metal Beard, and Alison Brie as Unikitty. They are joined by Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, and Arturo Castro as, respectively, new characters Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi, Sweet Mayhem and Ice Cream Cone.

Opening in second place was Paramount Pictures‘ reimagining of Nancy Meyers’ 2000 romantic comedy What Women WantWhat Men Want. The Adam Shankman-directed comedy earned $19 million from 2,912 theaters, an average of $6,525. Made for just $20 million, What Men Want stars Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan, Richard Roundtree, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Josh Brener, Tamala Jones, Phoebe Robinson, Max Greenfield, Jason Jones, Brian Bosworth, Chris Witaske, and Erykah Badu.

The comedic action thriller Cold Pursuit (Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment), starring Liam Neeson, took third place with $10.8 million from 2,630 theaters, an average of $4,106 per location. Directed by Hans Petter Moland, the film also stars Laura Dern, Tom Bateman, and Emmy Rossum.

STXfilms and Lantern Entertainment’s The Upside dropped two spot to fourth with $7.2 million and the film has grossed $85.8 million domestically after five weeks. Internationally, the film has brought in an additional $8.9 million from 46 markets for a worldwide sum of $94.7 million. Directed by Neil Burger, The Upside cost $37.5 million to make and stars Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, and Nicole Kidman.

After three weeks at the top, M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass (Universal PicturesBuena Vista International) fell to fifth place with $6.4 million to put its four-week total at $98.5 million. The sequel to both Unbreakable and Split also added $6.6 million internationally, for an overseas total of $123 million and global total of $221.5 million. Made for only $20 million, Glass stars Bruce WillisSamuel L. JacksonJames McAvoyAnya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard, and Sarah Paulson.

Orion Pictures’ The Prodigy opened in sixth place with $6 million from 2,530 theaters, an average of $2,373. Directed by Nicholas McCarthy, the horror thriller stars Taylor Schilling, Jackson Robert Scott, Peter Mooney, and Colm Feore. It was made for just $6 million.

Universal Pictures’ Green Book added $3.6 million in seventh place and has earned $61.5 million in 13 weeks. Made for $23 million, the Peter Farrelly drama stars Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco, Dimiter D. Marinov, and P.J. Byrne.

Aquaman (Warner Bros. Pictures) brought in $3.3 million in eighth place this weekend to push its domestic total to $328.5 million. Internationally, the James Wan-directed comic book adaptation added $6 million from 76 markets to take its overseas total to $791.9 million (with $291.8 million coming from China). The movie has now grossed $1.12 billion globally. Aquaman stars Jason MomoaAmber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman, Ludi Lin, and Temuera Morrison.

Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dropped to ninth place and grossed $3 million this weekend. The animated hit has now earned $179.8 million in North America. Internationally, Into the Spider-Verse has earned $172.7 million and has reached $352.6 million worldwide. Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman, the $90 million-animated film features the voices of Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, and Liev Schreiber.

Rounding out the top 10 was Sony Pictures action-thriller Miss Bala, starring Gina Rodriguez, Ismael Cruz Córdova, and Anthony Mackie. The Catherine Hardwicke-directed the film earned $2.7 million this weekend and has grossed $11.9 million domestically after two weeks. The movie cost just $15 million to make.

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