The Lego Movie 2 masters How to Train Your Dragon at UK box office

the Guardian | 2/12/2019 | Charles Gant

Taking in £4.2m from 572 cinemas, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part has knocked How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World off the top of the UK box office after a single week’s reign. The Warner Animation title debuted significantly below the UK opening numbers achieved five years ago by The Lego Movie (£8.5m including £2.16m in previews). The number was also below the £5.32m debut for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World last week.

Although Warner Bros waited five years to present the sequel to The Lego Movie, the studio also served up The Lego Batman Movie in February 2017 and The Lego Ninjago Movie seven months later. Cinemagoers may be feeling that four Lego-themed films in five years is more than generous. UK totals for the three previous movies are: £34.4m, £27.4m (Batman) and £9.73m (Ninjago).

£3 - UK - Cinemas - Previews - £771

With £3.2m at UK cinemas, including previews of £771,000, Alita: Battle Angel lands in second place. Distributor 20th Century Fox will probably view this as a decent result, since the film did not benefit from much pre-existing awareness in the UK of its origins: Yukito Kishiro’s graphic novel series Gunnm.

Alita had been in development with producer James Cameron since at least 2003, but was sidelined in favour of projects such as Avatar. With a production budget estimated in the $150-200m range, Alita, directed by Robert Rodriguez, still faces a long road to profitability. Worldwide gross so far is $32m, with key territories including North America, China and Japan yet to come.

Previews - Alita - Total - Second-place - Honours

If previews are discounted from the Alita total, second-place honours at the UK box office really belong to How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, with £2.75m. The total after 10 days is a decent £9.6m, with the February half-term school holiday ahead of it.

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