This weekend’s box office actual’s are in and they tell a sad story of unmet expectations. Coming off the worst January in years, it does not look like February is going to be any better. Here are the weekend results:
Everything was not awesome for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Partopened with $34.1 million. That is a 50.5% under the debut of The LEGO Movie back in 2014, despite a reportedly $40 million increase in its production budget. The sequel even opened -35.6% down from The LEGO Batman Movie in 2017.
Paramount’s romantic comedy What Men Want debuted in second place with $18.2 million, which is -45.7% behind the original Mel Gibson film What Women Want from 2000. The remake scored a pretty solid “A-” CinemaScore, so it could find itself following a similar path as Kevin Hart’s Night School with a 2.83x multiplier, which could put it on track for a total $53 million take off a $20 million budget.
Lionsgate’s latest offering, Cold Pursuit, started in third place with $11 million. Though the film slightly topped expectations, it is still Liam Neeson’s lowest opening since 2010. After Neeson’s recent controversial comments, it remains to be seen if this is simply a hiccup for the actor or a harbinger of things to come.
STX’s American remake The Upside dropped down to fourth place but held strong with a haul just exceeding $7 million. The Kevin Hart film dropped a mere 18% from its previous frame.
Rounding out the top five this weekend is M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass. The Blumhouse superhero flick took in an additional $6.2 million over the weekend. It took a larger drop at -34% from the last time we looked at it, which explains its flip-flop with The Upside.
What do you think about this weekend’s box office results? Did anything surprise you? Why do you think this year has so far been a disappointing one at the box office? Hit me up with your thoughts and theories in the comments below!