Box Office: ‘Lego Movie 2′ Builds $1.5M in Previews; ‘What Men Want’ Nabs $1.3M, ‘Cold Pursuit’ A Far Third


Warner Bros.’ The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part commenced its run at the weekend box office with $1.5 million in Thursday night previews, followed closely by Paramount’s comedy What Men Want with $1.3 million.


Including sneak screenings on Jan. 26, Lego Movie 2 has earned a total $2.1 million. The CG-animated pic is on course to win the weekend with $50 million-$55 million. The family-friendly title opens five years after The Lego Movie, directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, turned into a sleeper hit, creating a new franchise for Warners.


From prolific producer Will Packer, What Men Want  could also impress with a debut of $18 million-$24 million. Directed by Adam Shankman, the pic is a gender-bending reimagining of Nancy Meyer’s 2000 comedy What Women Want.


In the new iteration, Taraji P. Henson stars as a successful sports agent who is constantly sidelined by her male counterparts. When she suddenly can read the minds of men, she uses her newfound power to bench her colleagues and sign the next biggest basketball superstar. Aldis Hodge co-stars, with James Lopez producing alongside Packer.


The Hans Petter Moland-directed Cold Pursuit is an English-language remake of the filmmaker’s 2014 Norwegian vigilante film In Order of Disappearance. In the new pic, Neeson stars as a snowplow driver in a glitzy Colorado resort town who seeks revenge when his son dies of an overdose. Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum, William Forsythe and Tom Bateman co-star.


Also opening nationwide this weekend is Nicholas McCarthy’s The Prodigy, a horror-thriller starring Taylor Schilling and Jackson Robert Scott. The story follows a disturbed young child who may be possessed by supernatural forces. Prodigy,  from MGM’s Orion Pictures, is tracking to debut to $6 million-$7 million.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   Warner Bros.; Paramount
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