Everything continues to be awesome for “The Lego Movie 2” as the animated sequel takes home the top weekend spot at the North American box office.
The latest entry into the plastic brick-inspired franchise racked up $35 million in weekend ticket sales following its theatrical bow on Feb. 8. The fourth entry into the “Lego” franchise following the 2014 original “The Lego Movie”, “Lego Batman” and “The Lego Ninjago Movie”, “The Lego Movie 2” continues the story of Bricksburg’s brightest – Emmett (voiced by Chris Pratt), Lucy aka Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks), and Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) – as they face a new threat in the form of Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi (voiced by Tiffany Haddish).
Despite favourable reviews, the sequel still fell short of expectations that pegged it to open upwards of $50 million – still less than the $69 million “The Lego Movie” nabbed in its opening weekend five years ago.
Coming in second place at the box office is Taraji P. Henson’s rom-com “What Men Want”, a gender-flipped take on the Mel Gibson comedy “What Women Want” from 2000. Starring Henson as a female sports agent who gains the powers to hear men’s innermost thoughts, giving her an edge in her career, the movie earned a respectable $19 million during its opening weekend.
Audiences gave Neeson’s revenge thriller “Cold Pursuit” the cold shoulder.
The film earned a frosty $10.8 million at the weekend box office making it Neeson’s worst film opening since 2010’s “The Next Three Days” which earned $6.5 million in its first weekend.
The film opens following the actor’s contentious remarks that he once sought to hunt down a “black b***ard” following the rape of a friend by a black man. Neeson went on an apology tour, attempting to explain his “primal rage” and provide context and clarity to his story, insisting he’s not racist. Amid the controversy, Lionsgate cancelled the red carpet premiere of the film which was to be held in New York City last week.
However, “Cold Pursuit”‘s low opening is in line with expectations of a $7 to $10 million haul before Neeson’s controversial comments. The actor’s last two films, “Widows” and “The Commuter” opened in the $12 to $13 million range.
The weekend’s other new release, horror film “The Prodigy” arrived in sixth place, earning $6 million at the weekend box office.