LEGO Batman Movie Dominates Fifty Shades Darker

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"The LEGO Batman Movie" raked in $55.6 million in its opening weekend, beating out "Fifty Shades Darker" to top the North American box office. The sequel to "Fifty Shades of Grey" came in second with $46.8 million, falling well short of the $85.2 million debut of the 2015 original.

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"John Wick: Chapter 2" placed third with $30 million, more than double the opening-weekend receipts of its predecessor, Keanu Reeves' 2014 action thriller.

However, "Fifty Shades Darker" dominated overseas, earning $100.1 million in its first five days of release, the fourth-largest opening of all time for an R-rated film, behind "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Deadpool" and "The Matrix Revolutions."

Opening simultaneously this weekend in 60 markets around the globe, "The LEGO Batman Movie" earned an additional $37 million overseas. By comparison, "The LEGO Movie" earned $18.7 million from its 2014 debut in 37 territories. That film finished its run with $211.4 million internationally, and a worldwide haul of more than $469 million. "The LEGO Batman Movie" is expected to exceed those numbers.

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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 Variety)

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