February will see the debut of not one, but two films heavy on leather, unhealthy relationships and, uh, punishment — “Fifty Shades Darker” and “LEGO Batman Movie” are both set to debut the same weekend, but already box office projections are showing a clearly dominant franchise.
Deadline is reporting that, while the sequel to 2015’s erotic hit “Fifty Shades of Grey” is on its way to earn between $30 and $42 million during its first three days, “The LEGO Movie” spin-off centered on the Caped Crusader’s yellow block-version will probably rake in around $50 million. Trailing slightly behind those two will most likely be “John Wick: Chapter 2” with an estimated $20 million haul. All in all, not bad for any of the titles, although the analysis does also mention that the predecessor to “Fifty Shades Darker” took in a hefty $85.1 million during its opening weekend two years ago.
Directed by Chris McKay, and from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, “The LEGO Batman Movie” stars Will Arnett as Batman, Michael Cera as Robin, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred, Mariah Carey as the Gotham City Mayor and Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face. Both films are set to hit theaters on February 10.
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