×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ to Tear Down ‘The Great Wall,’ Beat ‘Fist Fight’

Holy, box office champ! “The Lego Batman Movie” is heading for a dominant $41 million at the North American box office this Presidents Day weekend, taking in more than the combined haul of three new entries, early estimates showed Friday.

Action-fantasy “The Great Wall” was heading for $18 million at 3,325 sites for the Friday-Monday period, while high school comedy “Fist Fight” looks likely to finish around $14 million at 3,185 locations. Meanwhile, horror-thriller “A Cure for Wellness” was scaring up a modest $5 million at 2,704 screens.

The second weekend of “Fifty Shades Darker” appeared likely to challenge “The Great Wall” for runner-up as the erotic sequel saw patronage plunge by about 67% from its opening weekend. The follow-up to “John Wick” may also contend for second with a projection of $16 million.

“Lego Batman,” Warner Bros.’ spinoff of 2014’s “The Lego Movie,” is playing at 4,088 sites and will wind up the weekend with more than $103 million in its first 11 days. Will Arnett returns as the voice of Batman, along with Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, and Ralph Fiennes. “Lego Batman” opened with $53 million on Feb. 10-12.

Universal’s “The Great Wall” is performing in line with forecasts, which had pegged the the film to finish in the $17 million range. Matt Damon stars as a European mercenary joining the fight against monsters during China’s Song Dynasty.

The Legendary production has already grossed a hefty $171 million in China since its Dec. 16 debut and another $50 million in other international markets. It’s opening in 21 more territories this weekend. “The Great Wall,” directed by Zhang Yimou, carries a $150 million budget — the most expensive movie ever shot in China — and is co-financed by Le Vision Pictures and China Film Group. Damon stars alongside Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, and Andy Lau.

New Line’s “Fist Fight,” starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day as feuding teachers, is performing at the lower end of  recent forecasts, which had pegged it for $15 million over the four-day Presidents Day weekend. The titular fight erupts when Cube’s character, a history teacher, blames Day’s English instructor for getting him fired. Jillian Bell, Tracy Morgan, and Christina Hendricks also star.

Fist Fight” should be profitable for New Line as it carries a $20 million price tag and will be the only comedy until Warner Bros. launches “Chips” on March 24.

A Cure for Wellness” looks likely to be a money-loser for Fox and New Regency, which spent $40 million on the production. Directed by Gore Verbinski, “Wellness” centers on a young executive (Dane DeHaan) trying to retrieve the company’s CEO from a shadowy spa in the Swiss Alps.

Fox apologized on Thursday after reports emerged that it had created “fake news” stories, such as a nonexistent meeting between President Donald Trump and Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, at a resort, to promote the film.

The three new films have not received much critical support with “Fist Fight” scoring a 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes while “The Great Wall” earned 37% and “A Cure for Wellness” came in with 39%.

The muted performance by the three new films will cause the 2017 Presidents Day weekend to fall well short of the same frame from the last two years. “Deadpool” set a record last year, taking in $152 million as part of a $278 million overall domestic gross, according to comScore. That broke the record set by 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” with $85 million (the total haul was $248 million).

Fox’s awards contender “Hidden Figures” is expected to continue its solid performance this weekend with as much as $8 million at 2,271 sites after nearly two months in theaters. The historical drama, which is nominated for Best Picture, has grossed more than $135 million domestically.

Universal’s horror thriller “Split” is also pegged to remain a player in its fifth frame with about $7 million at 2,445 locations. The James McAvoy vehicle grossed an impressive $116 million in its first four weeks.

Universal’s third weekend of Amblin’s feel-good drama “A Dog’s Purpose” was heading for $5 million at 2,400. “Purpose” took in $45 million in its first two weeks.

More Film

  • Corey Stoll Brian dArcy James

    'West Side Story' Remake Adds Corey Stoll, Brian d'Arcy James as Cops

    Steven Spielberg has cast Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James as police officers in his movie adaptation of “West Side Story.” Stoll will take on the role of Lieutenant Schrank, the New York City detective charged with quelling civic unrest in his racially-torn precinct. James will play Sergeant Krupke, a veteran cop whose beat includes [...]

  • Alexander Dinelaris

    'Jekyll and Hyde' Movie in the Works Based on Broadway Musical

    The Broadway musical “Jekyll and Hyde” is getting the movie treatment from Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris. Dinelaris, who is writing and producing the adaptation, won an Oscar for the “Birdman” script and was a co-producer on “The Revenant.” He is producing “Jekyll and Hyde” as the first project under his New York-based development company, [...]

  • Will Smith Bright - Japan premiere

    Three Six Zero Acquires Will Smith and Miguel Melendez's Westbrook Entertainment

    International entertainment and music management company Three Six Zero has acquired Westbrook Entertainment, the talent management company which represents Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Kenna and Crespo. “Bringing Miguel, his clients and his management team to Three Six Zero is an exciting next step on our journey to expand our entertainment [...]

  • Chris Cooper

    Chris Cooper Joins, Focus Features Boards Jon Stewart's Political Comedy 'Irresistible'

    Focus Features is partnering with Plan B Entertainment to produce and distribute Jon Stewart’s political comedy “Irresistible,” with Chris Cooper joining stars Steve Carell and Rose Byrne. Variety first reported in October that Stewart and Carell had boarded the project, with Stewart directing and producing with Plan B. Stewart has kept a low profile since [...]

  • Woody and Buzz Lightyear Hit the

    'Toy Story 4': Woody and Buzz Lightyear Hit the Road in New Trailer

    Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep, and a strange new toy named Forky have returned in the new trailer for “Toy Story 4” that sends the gang out on the road. Disney unveiled the footage Tuesday with Woody telling the other toys that Forky — a craft-project-turned-toy — is the most important toy to Bonnie. He [...]

  • Warner Bros. HQ LA

    Warner Bros. CFO Kim Williams Tapped for Interim Leadership Team (EXCLUSIVE)

    Warner Bros. Entertainment is setting an interim leadership team to lead the Hollywood studio following the abrupt dismissal of CEO Kevin Tsujihara on Monday. As Variety first reported, the team will consist of Warner Bros. motion pictures group chairman Toby Emmerich and Warner Bros. television group president and CCO Peter Roth. It will also include [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content