Although projections for “The LEGO Batman Movie” domestic opening weekend have been adjusted from north of $60 million to a more subdued $54.4 million, overseas everything is shaping up to be awesome.
Premiering simultaneously in 60 markets, the animated action-comedy has already raked in $12 million, tracking 49 percent ahead of 2014’s “The LEGO Movie.” Deadline notes that it took the original 20 days to cross $200 million worldwide, but at this rate it should reach that milestone significantly faster that the original.
Written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, “The LEGO Movie” went on to gross $211 million internationally and $469 million worldwide. The film has inspired two spinoffs, “The LEGO Batman Movie” and the upcoming “LEGO Ninjago Movie,” as well as a sequel.
Although they’re hardly targeting the same audience, “The LEGO Batman Movie” faces the stiffest competition from “Fifty Shades Darker,” which topped the North American box office on Friday. It’s the same story across the globe, with Batman & Co. coming in at No. 2 behind Christian Grey in the United Kingdom, Spain and Mexico.
Directed by Chris McKay, “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.
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