Box Office: ‘Lego Movie 2’ Tops the List with $35-M, Cold Pursuit an Icy 3rd

Box Office: ‘Lego Movie 2’ Tops the List with $35-M, Cold Pursuit an Icy 3rd

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Liam Neeson’s ‘Cold Pursuit‘ took in $10.8-M and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part failed to wow audiences with only $35-M from 4,303 theaters.

Warner Bros. expected the family-friendly sequel to click together $50 to 55-M in its NA launch. But a bad case of franchise fatigue set in on the toy movie series.

The James Cameron-produced Alita: Battle Angel debuted in its 1st 11 markets, grossing a stellar $32-M including $10.9-M in SKorea. Fox is set to open the $200-M tentpole in the US Thursday in advance of the long Presidents Day weekend.

The Paramount and Will Packer-produced What Men Want. The comedy, which cost a reported $20-M to make, came #2 with a solid $19-M from 2,912 theaters.

Cold Pursuit debuted in 3rd place with $10.8-M from 2,630 theaters, the worst showing for Mr. Neeson in the post-Taken era.

The Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) and StudioCanal release, which cost a reported $60-M to make, launched to a firestorm of controversy surrounding Mr. Neeson.

The Hans Petter Moland-directed Cold Pursuit is an English-language remake of the filmmaker’s Y 2014 Norwegian vigilante film In Order of Disappearance.

The sleeper hit The Upside, from STXfilms and Lantern Entertainment, followed in 4th place with another $7.2-M for a domestic box office of $85.8-M

Glass rounded out the Top 5 with another $6.4-M for a domestic take of $98.5-M and $221.5-M worldwide for partners Universal and Disney.

The weekend’s 4th new nationwide debut was The Prodigy, a horror-thriller from MGM’s Orion Pictures came in at #6 with $6-M from 2,530 locations.

At the specialty box office

The Chinese SyFy epic The Wandering Earth impressed with an estimated $1.6-M from 65 theaters in 39 markets. The movie posted a location average of nearly $25,000, the best of the weekend.

Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish-language thriller Everybody Knows, starring Penelope Cruz and Javiar Bardem, opened in 4 cinemas in New York and Los Angeles for a location average of $18,743.

Magnolia’s screening of the 2019 Oscar-nominated short films earned $912,000 from 265 theaters for a box office average of $3,442.

Have some fun, see a movie this week.

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