Friday Box Office: ‘The LEGO Movie 2’ Pieces Together $8.5 Million

     February 9, 2019

the-lego-movie-2-the-second-part-sliceWell, as it turns out, that insanely catchy tune from 2016 was a lie and everything is apparently not awesome? The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is off to a not-so-solid start, piecing together $8.5 million for a projected $32 million. This is far behind the projected $50-55 million that Warner Bros. was hoping for, and definitely less of a solid foundation than the original film’s $69 million opening.

The LEGO Movie 2 sees Mike Mitchell and Trisha Gum taking over directorial duties from Chris Miller and Phil Lord, who did come back aboard to write the script. Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks both returned in their leading LEGO roles—as did Will Arnett, whose LEGO Batman still has a standalone sequel coming down the pipeline—while Tiffany Haddish and Stephanie Beatriz joined the cast. It’s disappointing numbers for the blockey-blockbuster, but the animated film is sitting with an 85% Fresh on RottenTomatoes. Our own Matt Goldberg noted in his review that “Everything may not be ‘awesome’ with the sequel, but it’s still pretty great.”

Director Adam Shankman‘s What Men Want debuted in second place on Friday night, taking in $6.6 million for a projected $18 million weekend. The film—a remake of 2000’s Mel Gibson-starring What Women Want, the most year 2000 movie ever made—stars Taraji P. Henson as a disgruntled sports agent who gains the ability to read men’s thoughts.

Rounding out the top three is another newcomer, Cold Pursuit, a dark comedy that has debuted under, uh, chilly conditions thanks to star Liam Neeson. Recently, the actor—unprompted, mind you—offered up a story from his past to an interviewer in which he stalked the streets looking to kill a black man. In the aftermath of the controversy, Cold Pursuit opened to a $3.6 million Friday night on the way to a projected $10 million debut, one of the lowest for Neeson in an action film.

The Prodigy, a creepy-kid horror flick directed by Nicholas McCarthy, bowed on Friday night with $2 million, good enough for fourth place above The Upside, which is still hanging around with another $1.7 million.

Take a look at Friday’s numbers below and check back tomorrow for full weekend estimates. (Numbers via Box Office Mojo)

Rank Title Friday Total
1. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part    $8,500,000 $8,500,000
2. What Men Want       $6,600,000 $6,600,000
3. Cold Pursuit      $3,643,000 $3,643,000
4. The Prodigy    $2,019,993 $2,019,993
5. The Upside $1,780,000 $80,360,366

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