Weekend Box Office: ‘Lego Movie 2′ Wins With $35M, Liam Neeson’s ‘Cold Pursuit’ Flops With $10.8M


The downturn at the 2019 box office continued over the weekend as The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part failed to interest audiences in a major way, while Liam Neeson’s latest action pic Cold Pursuit was iced.cold-pursuit-summit

Lego Movie 2 topped the chart with $35 million from 4,303 theaters, but it was a hollow victory.


Warner Bros. — as well as the major tracking services — had expected the family-friendly sequel to assemble $50 million to $55 million in its domestic launch. But as box office returns came in over the weekend, it became apparent that a bad case of franchise fatigue has infected the toy turned movie series.


After a record 2018, the domestic box office has stalled so far in 2019, with revenue to date falling nearly 15 percent behind the same corridor last year. The weekend itself was down around 20 percent.

Three other movies opened opposite Lego Movie 2, including the Paramount and Will Packer-produced What Men Want.  The comedy, which cost a reported $20 million to make, came in No. 2 with a solid $19 million from 2,912 theaters, in line with expectations.



Cold Pursuit debuted in third place with $10.8 million from 2,630 theaters, the worst showing for Neeson in the post-Taken era.


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