Everything might not be so awesome for The LEGO Movie: The Second Part's opening weekend, as the animated film is falling short of expectations. More-so, the movie looks set to pull in half of what its predecessor amassed over its opening weekend in 2014.
After taking in $1.5 million from Thursday previews, The LEGO Movie: The Second Part went on to earn $8.5 million on its first day. That's under the $11 million that was initially expected and puts the movie on track for an estimated $31 million weekend opening. While not terrible, that is 55% down from The LEGO Movie, which opened at $69 million five years ago. It's also down from 2017's The LEGO Batman Movie, which pulled in $53 million over its opening weekend.
Earlier projections had the film set to open around $50-$55 million against a budget of approximately $99 million. It remains unclear why the film isn't pulling in as much as expected, especially given its 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it's entirely possible interest waned over the five year waiting period between films. On the plus side, The Lego Movie 2 is still set to top a sluggish box office weekend, topping Paramount's What Men Want and Liam Neeson's Cold Pursuit
Directed by Mike Mitchell, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part reunites Chris Pratt as Emmet, Elizabeth Banks as Lucy (aka Wyldstyle), Will Arnett as Batman, Nick Offerman as Metal Beard and Alison Brie as Unikitty. They're joined by Tiffany Haddish as Queen Watevra Wa-Nab, Stephanie Beatriz as Sweet Mayhem and Arturo Castro as Ice Cream Cone. The film is currently in theaters.