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Four new wide releases hit theaters this weekend, but all the winners had modest success at best. Warner Bros.’ “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” topped at the box office, but failed to light up in the same way its predecessor did in 2014. A phenomenon at the time, “The LEGO Movie” grossed nearly $70 million five years ago at this same time, but ‘The Second Part’ couldn’t crack $35 million in its opening debut and in fact, fell $20 million below its expectations.
Warner Bros. has tried to turn the LEGO-verse into a big cinematic universe, but so far “LEGO Batman,” and “LEGO Ninjago Movie” haven’t been able to match the original film. “The LEGO Movie” grossed $469 million worldwide in 2014 and the closest film so far has been “LEGO Batman” with which hit $312 globally (which is still pretty damn good), but ‘Ninajago’ was a bit of a bomb.
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Even “Lego Batman” debuted to $53 million in North America in 2017, so this opening, the lowest of the series so far, even beneath ‘Ninajgo’ doesn’t bode well for the overall health of the series. The upside? Animated movies for kids like this tend to have great holds and can play for weeks on end so while it may not have achieved a major lift off, ‘The Second Part’ could still make a tidy sum, but if it can’t crack $100 million domestic, it’s fair to say this franchise is in trouble and waning with audiences.
Opening on nearly 3,000 screens Paramount’s “What Men Want,” did substantial business with a $19 million opening off a $20 million budget. Presumably, this one will play for weeks, have legs and make itself a nice little profit.
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