Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ Tops $55.6-M, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ At $46.8-M

Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ Tops $55.6-M, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ At $46.8-M

Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ Tops $55.6-M, ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ At $46.8-M

$TWX, $IMAX, $LHF

 ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ wins with the Men with a $30-M debut. S&M themed ‘Fifty Shades Darker’  Driven by the  Ladies

Warner Bros.’ The Lego Batman Movie won the Valentine’s Day weekend box-office race with $55.6-M from 4,088 theaters, the Top opening YTD, even though it had been expected to clear $70-M.

Fifty Shades Darker came in ahead of projections with $46.8-M from 3,710 theaters. Internationally it took in $100.1-M debut from 57 markets for a global box office take of $146.9-M.

The ladies drove Fifty Shades Darker as it came in 44% behind the $85-M bow of Fifty Shades of Grey on the same weekend 2 years ago. Lego Batman paced 20% behind The Lego Movie, which opened to $69-M in early February 2014.

The critically acclaimed Lego movie received an A- from audiences.

The R-rated ‘Darker’ film drew a B+ CinemaScore, compared to a C+ for Fifty Shades of Grey.

Domestically, the movie skewed slightly female (52%), while 38%of ticket buyers were under the age of 18. Overseas, Lego Batman bowed to $37-M from 60 markets. The film’s global box office was $92.6-M, including $6-M from Imax (NYSE:IMAX) theaters. Dan Lin’s Lin Pictures produced alongside Lego Movie.

John Wick: Chapter 2, the weekend’s 3rd new entry, came in well ahead of expectations for Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) with $30-M from 3,113 theaters — more than 2X the $14.4-M debut of John Wick in February 2014. The film received an A- CinemaScore and placed No. 3 behind Lego Batman and Fifty Shades. Males made made up 64%of the audience. The film took in $10.6-M from 41 overseas markets for a global box office open of $40.6-M.

Split and Hidden Figures rounded out the Top 5 at the North American box office with $9.3 and $8-M, respectively.

Spilt’s domestic total stands at $112-M for a global take of $169.4-M,  Hidden Figures has earned a glowing $131.5-M domestically, the most of any film vying in the best picture Oscar race. Hidden Figures has also stayed in the Top 5 for 6 frames running.

Lionsgate’s La La Land has earned $126-M domestically and $294.3-M worldwide, placing #8

Lion placed at #9 with $4-M from 1,327 locations for a $30.4-M box office take so far.

At the specialty box office

Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. The drama, based on the real-life story of the forbidden love between the King of Botswana and a White woman from London, earned $70,000 from 4 theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a screen average of $17,500.

Have some fun, see a movie this weekend.

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