Weekend Box Office: ‘Lego Movie 2,’ Liam Neeson’s ‘Cold Pursuit’ Both Bombing

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Warner Bros.’ The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part  isn’t doing the business the original did.

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The CG-animated sequel grossed a disappointing $8.5 million from 4,303 theaters on Friday for a projected $32 million opening, well behind tracking ($50 million-$55 million). At the same time, Lego Movie 2 will have no trouble winning a sluggish weekend. And if traffic is better than expected on Saturday, it could make up ground.

 

Mike Mitchell directed Lego Movie 2, with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller returning as writers and producers. The movie opens five years after The Lego Movie — directed by Lord and Miller — opened to a sensational $69 million, launching a new franchise and and spawning two spinoffs, The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie, both of which hit theaters in 2017.

 

Lego Batman scored to $53 million in its February launch, while Ninjago came in far lower with $20.4 million that September. The performance of the 2019 sequel continues the downward trend in a sign that moviegoers have grown weary of the franchise, despite generally good reviews for Lego Movie 2.

 

 

Elsewhere, the Paramount and Will Packer-produced comedy What Men Want is opening in second place. The movie collected $6.6 million from 2,912 cinemas on Friday for a solid $18 million-plus opening, in line with expectations. Directed by Adam Shankman, the pic is a gender-bending reimagining of Nancy Meyer’s 2000 comedy What Women Want.

 

 

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, grossed $2 million on Friday from 2,530 locations for a projected $5.3 million weekend.

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