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Weekend Box Office Report: February 10-12, 2017

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LEGO Batman swings into first!

The combination of popular toys, comic characters and a previous box office hit resulted in a first place debut this weekend as THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE opened on top with an estimated $55.6 million!

Taking the spotlight for his first solo movie, the brick version of the Dark Knight (voiced by Will Arnett) came in a bit below the surprise $69 million start of THE LEGO MOVIE when it opened three years ago this week before it continued to $257 million domestic and $469 million worldwide.

Directed by "Robot Chicken" regular Chris McKay, the animated spinoff reportedly cost $80 million and has grabbed an additional $37 million from international audiences. Critics enjoyed the PG-rated adventure in interlocking Gotham with an average of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes (the JoBlo review is HERE).

Bound for second place was the new sequel FIFTY SHADES DARKER with an opening of $46.7 million. The adaptation of E.L. James' second BDSM bestseller arrived just in time for Valentine's Day, but slipped in far below the $85 million opening of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY this same time two years ago.

The first FIFTY SHADES collected more than half of its $166 million domestic total just from its opening weekend, but it ended with an attractive $571 million worldwide.

The bondage-romance follow-up with Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson cost a reported $55 million and has already secured an extra $100 million from overseas. Critics were unkind to the unconventional relationship drama with 9% on Rotten Tomatoes (the JoBlo review is wrapped up HERE).

The weekend's other new release JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 was number three with a bullet (actually many, many bullets) with an opening of $30 million.

Age-defying actor Keanu Reeves was back as the titular headshot-happy hitman, taking advantage of the original JOHN WICK's cult status to notch more than double its $14.4 million opening in 2014. That first gunfight-packed revenge movie ended with $43 million domestic and $86 million worldwide (on a $20 million budget).

The R-rated action extravaganza sequel (from JOHN WICK co-director Chad Stahelski) cost a reported $40 million and scored a bullseye with critics for a 90% average on Rotten Tomatoes. The JoBlo review can be targeted HERE.

After three weekends at number one, M. Night Shyamalan's thriller SPLIT got knocked to fourth place with $9.3 million as it crossed $100 million to become the biggest domestic success for horror source Blumhouse. The multiple personalities of James McAvoy now have a worldwide total of $169 million on a reported $9 million budget.

The Oscar-nominated NASA drama HIDDEN FIGURES continued to soar in fifth with $8 million for a domestic total of $131.4 million after two months on screens. The canine movie A DOG'S PURPOSE followed in sixth with $7.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $42.5 million like a good boy. The horror sequel RINGS was in seventh with $5.8 million, losing 55% from last week's opening for a ten-day domestic total of $21.4 million.

Oscar contenders LA LA LAND and LION danced together in eighth and ninth place, and the sci-fi adventure THE SPACE BETWEEN US barely grasped the bottom  with $1.7 million, drifting 53% from its low landing last week for a ten-day domestic total of $6.5 million (on a $30 million reported cost).

Outside the chart, Vin Diesel's sequel XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE took a leap from the Top 10 on the same weekend it opened to $59 million in China (more than its $43 million domestic finish) for a new worldwide total of $229 million. The animated SING also disappeared from the list along with RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER, which has gathered $135 million worldwide.

Next week has Matt Damon defending China from invading monsters in THE GREAT WALL (which already gained $224 million from international crowds), while Ice Cube and Charlie Day get in a FIST FIGHT and director Gore Verbinski delivers chills in A CURE FOR WELLNESS.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. The LEGO Batman Movie $55.6 M
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2. Fifty Shades Darker $46.7 M
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3. John Wick: Chapter 2 $30 M
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4. Split $9.3 M $112.2 M
5. Hidden Figures $8 M $131.4 M
6. A Dog's Purpose $7.3 M $42.5 M
7. Rings $5.8 M $21.4 M
8. La La Land $5 M $126 M
9. Lion $4 M $30.3 M
10. The Space Between Us $1.7 M $6.5 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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9:29AM on 02/13/2017
Holy LEGO blocks, Batman!
Holy LEGO blocks, Batman!
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7:26PM on 02/12/2017
John Wick Chapter 2 successfully transitioned from the first movie's more revenge-heavy story to a larger narrative, full of more cool character actors (Peter Serafanowicz and Franco Nero deserve special shout-outs), and while he's not the main villain, Common's character was in every way John Wick's opposite number as far as skills go, and their fights were the highlight of the movie for me because I didn't want either one to kill the other. Once again I'm left waiting for a sequel (especially
John Wick Chapter 2 successfully transitioned from the first movie's more revenge-heavy story to a larger narrative, full of more cool character actors (Peter Serafanowicz and Franco Nero deserve special shout-outs), and while he's not the main villain, Common's character was in every way John Wick's opposite number as far as skills go, and their fights were the highlight of the movie for me because I didn't want either one to kill the other. Once again I'm left waiting for a sequel (especially since this time we know that's where it's going).
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2:50PM on 02/12/2017

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Genuinely happy for Keanu, guy hasn't had a hit in ages, with this new found success maybe studios will finally agree to make bill and ted
Genuinely happy for Keanu, guy hasn't had a hit in ages, with this new found success maybe studios will finally agree to make bill and ted
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2:16PM on 02/12/2017

Lego Batman was a blast in IMAX 3D...

Glad to see it is doing well globally..
Still two weeks to wait for JW2 in my country... specially with all the good critics from my US friends.
Glad to see it is doing well globally..
Still two weeks to wait for JW2 in my country... specially with all the good critics from my US friends.
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2:11PM on 02/12/2017
Loved John Wick: Chapter Two. As great, if not better than the first; hell of an ending/cliffhanger as well. Can't wait for Chapter Three.
Loved John Wick: Chapter Two. As great, if not better than the first; hell of an ending/cliffhanger as well. Can't wait for Chapter Three.
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2:31PM on 02/12/2017
pssst. While most people know that sequels set up for a 3rd movie, I don't think a majority of people who haven't seen it like the fact that you acknowledge that it ends on a cliffhanger rather than setting up a sequel as there is a distinct difference between the two..
pssst. While most people know that sequels set up for a 3rd movie, I don't think a majority of people who haven't seen it like the fact that you acknowledge that it ends on a cliffhanger rather than setting up a sequel as there is a distinct difference between the two..
2:35PM on 02/12/2017
Its sets up for chapter 3, but it's hardly a cliff hanger.
Its sets up for chapter 3, but it's hardly a cliff hanger.
2:52PM on 02/12/2017
I want to punch this guy
I want to punch this guy
3:20PM on 02/12/2017
You want to punch The_Conman???
You want to punch The_Conman???
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