Box office hits and misses: ‘Lego Batman’ tops ‘Fifty Shades’ and ‘John Wick’ in big weekend

box office lego batman movie fifty shades darker john wick chapter 2
After a few lackluster weeks at the box office, things turned around in a big way this weekend with three impressive premieres for three highly anticipated films.

As expected, The Lego Batman Movie led the way with a $55.6 million opening weekend in U.S. theaters — the biggest premiere of the year so far. On its way to the top, the follow-up to 2014’s surprise hit The Lego Movie weathered a major meteorological obstacle in the form of a winter storm that hobbled much of the East Coast and brought down the overall box-office numbers for the weekend.

Slightly outperforming expectations was the weekend’s second-biggest film, Fifty Shades Darker, the erotic thriller that continues the sadomasochistic saga that began with 2011’s Fifty Shades of Grey. Like its predecessor, the film did well despite poor reviews, and is likely to carry that success into the Valentine’s Day holiday for a decent second-week bump.

It’s worth noting that although the top two films both enjoyed positive debuts, neither The Lego Movie nor Fifty Shades Darker managed to beat their predecessors’ opening weekends ($69 million for The Lego Movie and $85.1 million for Fifty Shades of Grey), so it will be interesting to see how well they do over the long run.

# Title Weekend U.S. Total Worldwide Total
1. The Lego Batman Movie $55.6M $55.6M $92.6M
2. Fifty Shades Darker $46.7M $46.7M $146.8M
3. John Wick: Chapter Two $30M $30M $40.6M
4. Split $9.3M $112.2M $169.3M
5. Hidden Figures $8M $131.4M $140.2M
6. A Dog’s Purpose $7.3M $42.5M $56.3M
7. Rings $5.8M $21.4M $51.9M
8. La La Land $5M $126M $294.3M
9. Lion $4M $30.3M $44.5M
10. The Space Between Us $1.7M $6.5M $6.5M

In third place for the weekend was John Wick: Chapter Two, which outperformed expectations in a big way with a $30 million premiere — more than double the first film’s $14.4 million debut in U.S. theaters. Keanu Reeves’ action sequel earned overwhelmingly positive reviews on par with The Lego Batman Movie, and is off to a great start in theaters.

With the Academy Awards ceremony right around the corner, three of this year’s “Best Picture” nominees continued their strong runs among the week’s top ten films. Currently, Hidden Figures leads all nominees with $131.4 million domestically so far, but La La Land is close behind it with $126 million in U.S. theaters. This is the sixth consecutive week that Hidden Figures has finished among the weekend’s top five films.

This upcoming week brings a wide range of new releases that could challenge for the top spot at the box office. Among them is Matt Damon’s action-fantasy epic The Great Wall, as well as Gore Verbinski’s thriller A Cure For Wellness and the raunchy comedy Fist Fight.


There’s more space on MySpace after ‘accidental’ wipe of 50 million songs

MySpace is no longer a safe refuge for music and media produced in the 2000s. It said that almost any artistic content uploaded to the site between 2003 and 2015 may have been lost as part of a server migration last year.
Movies & TV

Stranger Things season 3 teaser proclaims it's almost feeding time in Hawkins

With a sophomore season as strong as its first, Stranger Things is now moving on to season 3. Here's everything we've learned so far about the Netflix series' upcoming third season, premiering in July 2019.
Movies & TV

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood poster puts Pitt and DiCaprio front and center

Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, uses the infamous 1969 Manson Family murders as a backdrop to tell a story set in bohemian Los Angeles. Here's everything we know so far.

Captain Marvel continues to soar at the box office with huge second weekend

Captain Marvel blasted into theaters in a big way a week ago, and Marvel's first female-led solo superhero movie is showing no signs of slowing down after a big second week in theaters.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Amazon Prime right now (March 2019)

Prime Video provides subscribers with access to a host of fantastic films, but sorting through the catalog can be an undertaking. Luckily, we've done the work for you. Here are the best movies on Amazon Prime Video right now.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Movies & TV

How Laika blends 3D printing and CGI to make mesmerizing stop-motion movies

With each film, Laika Studios pushes the bar higher for stop-motion animation. We explore Laika's latest techniques for its new adventure, Missing Link, which the studio it calls a Kaleidoscopic travelogue that ranks as its most ambitious…
Movies & TV

Apple bet big on TV and movie projects. Here’s what we know about them so far

Apple has an ambitious slate of original programming it has been developing in recent years, so will the March 25 event finally reveal when — and where — we will be able to see some of these TV shows and movies?
Home Theater

Need to get rid of an unused Netflix profile? Just follow these simple steps

Need to delete an unwanted profile from your Netflix account? It's easy to do, no matter what kind of equipment you've got. Check out our handy how-to guide for step-by-step instructions.
Home Theater

You can now watch four PlayStation Vue streams at once on a single Apple TV

PlayStation Vue subscribers can now watch March Madness in style via Apple TV, which can now stream up for four separate games to your TV at once, making it easy to catch all the on-court action.
Movies & TV

Bear Grylls goes interactive with Netflix’s Bandersnatch-esque You vs. Wild

Think you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness, Bear Grylls-style? You vs. Wild, an eight-episode interactive Netflix series that takes cues from Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, will let you prove it.
Movies & TV

Netflix confirms it won’t be a part of Apple’s new video-streaming service

Netflix has confirmed that subscribers to Apple's new video streaming service won't have the option to view Netflix content on it. Apple is set to unveil its new TV service next week.
Home Theater

Dish TV customers can access up to 13 NCAA March Madness games in 4K

If you're a basketball fan looking to get your fix of NCAA Championship action in 4K, Dish TV will be airing up to 13 of the tournament games in the ultra high-def format, starting on Tuesday.
Movies & TV

Disney completes its $71.3 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox

Now that Walt Disney Company has closed its $71.3 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's movie and television assets, what does this future hold for franchises like X-Men, the Fantastic Four, The Simpsons, and the rest?