'Lego Movie 2' fails to reignite the box office, 'What Men Want' lands at No. 2

Sonaiya Kelley, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Business News

LOS ANGELES -- Four new wide releases could not incentivize moviegoers to hit theaters over the weekend in the lowest post-Super Bowl box office in 10 years.

Warner Bros.' "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" opened in first place with $35 million, well below analyst projections of $50 million to $55 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

The $99 million post-apocalyptic animation, which earned an 84 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, is a sequel to 2014's "The Lego Movie." That film opened with $69 million before taking in $469 million globally.

This weekend's result seems to indicate that audiences are fatigued by the franchise after the spinoff "The Lego Ninjago Movie" (which took in a disappointing global haul of $123 million) failed to achieve the success of its predecessor "The Lego Batman Movie," which grossed $312 million worldwide.

Paramount's "What Men Want" debuted at No. 2 with $19 million, within range of analyst predictions of $18 million to $20 million.

A twist on 2000's Mel Gibson-led "What Women Want," the $20 million "What Men Want" stars Taraji P. Henson as an ambitious sports agent who is suddenly plagued with the ability to hear men's thoughts. It earned a 48 percent "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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In third place, Lionsgate's Liam Neeson-led drama "Cold Pursuit" premiered with $10.8 million, slightly below the action star's most recent films "The Commuter" ($13.7 million last year) and "Run All Night ($11 million in 2015).

Neeson recently came under fire after admitting during the film's press run to having considered engaging in a hate crime in retaliation for a friend's rape 40 years ago. However, the controversy doesn't seem to have affected the film's box office, which slightly exceeded expectations and earned a 74 percent "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

At No. 4, STX Entertainment's "The Upside" remained one of the few bright spots in the new year, dropping only 17 percent. It added $7.2 million in its fifth weekend for a cumulative $85.8 million.

Rounding out the top five, Universal's "Glass" added $6.4 million in its fourth weekend for a cumulative $98.5 million.


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