It’ll take more than the Great Wall to stop LEGO Batman. A lot more.
Director Zhang Yimou’s action-fantasy epic “The Great Wall,” which pits Matt Damon against monstrous creatures in China’s Song dynasty, tumbled in its North American debut, earning an estimated $21 million over the President’s Day Weekend.
That left “The LEGO Batman Movie” to lead the domestic box office in its second weekend of release, pulling in a projected $45 million through the four-day holiday frame. The spinoff of Warner Bros.’ 2014 hit “The LEGO Movie” has already crossed the $100-milllion mark in North America, and will likely inch close to $110 million by the end of the day on Monday.
“Fifty Shades Darker” trailed at a distant No. 2, earning another $24 million in its second weekend, followed by “The Great Wall” at No. 3, “John Wick: Chapter 2” at No. 4 with $19.5 million, and the comedy “Fist Fight” at No. 5, bringing in an estimated $14 million in its debut.
Directed by Chris McKay from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith, the 3D animated spinoff of “The LEGO Movie” features a Batman who must overcome his fear of being part of a family, take responsibility for his adopted son, and learn the importance of teamwork if he hopes to stop The Joker’s takeover of Gotham City.
Opening Feb. 10, “The LEGO Batman Movie” stars Will Arnett as Batman, Michael Cera as Robin, Zach Galifianakis as Joker, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Mariah Carey as Mayor McCasskill, Jenny Slate as Harley Quinn and Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)
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