Three sequels debuted over the weekend, all bringing in huge numbers. The LEGO Batman movie came out on top, playing in over 4,000 theaters and appeasing family audiences. Fifty Shades Darker wasn’t too far behind, an impressive feat for an R-rated BDSM chick flick. John Wick: Chapter 2 bowed at number three, making far more than the first chapter. Here’s a look at this weekend’s box office race:
1st place is: The LEGO Batman Movie. Bringing in $55.6 million, the LEGO’s and Batman beat out the competition. The LEGO Movie of 2014 was a smash hit, exceeding expectations and scoring an Oscar nom. This time around, DC Comics teamed up with LEGO to make Batman the star, playing in over 4,000 theaters.
2nd place is: Fifty Shades Darker with $46.7 million. The sequel, based on the romance lit trilogy by E.L. James, brought in impressive numbers. The sexy film follows Anastasia (Dakota Johnson) getting back together with ex Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). He’s willing to throw away his BDSM needs in order to live with her. The R-rated sexually charged drama opened in over 3,700 theaters. The film also has a hit soundtrack that is number one on iTunes.
3rd place is: John Wick: Chapter 2, debuting with $30 million. Keanu Reeves returns as the title character in the sequel to the 2014 cult hit.The first chapter was a surprise, doing better than expected and even better on Netflix with word-of-mouth. Wick returns as an ex-hitman who has returned to the world of criminality to uncover who the man is who put a bounty on his life, opening in 2,100 theaters.
4th place is: Split with $9.3 million. M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller steps down from number one and has now made a total of $112 million. James McAvoy stars as a man with twenty-four personalities. He kidnaps three girls and holds them captive. They have to try to persuade the nice personalities to let them go before the evil “monster” takes over.
5th place is: Hidden Figures with $8 million. The award-winning film has now made a total of $131.4 million at the box office. It is nominated for three Oscars and has accumulated excellent word-of-mouth. Three black female mathematicians (Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer) works at NASA in the 60’s. They directly help send the first man into space. Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst costar.
Rounding out the top ten: In 6th place: A Dog’s Purpose (Dennis Quaid) with $7.3 million, in 7th place: horror sequel Rings with $5.8 million, in 8th place: La La Land (Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone) with $5 million, in 9th place: Lion (Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel) with $4 million, and in 10th place: sci-fi romance The Space Between Us with $1.7 million.
Those are the results of this weekend’s Box Office Report. What was your favorite movie you saw? Tell us in the comments below!