‘Lego Movie 2’ Stacks $40M; ‘What Men Want’ Solid With $20M – Midday Box Office

Comparing previews to other Lego movies: The Lego Batman Movie earned $2.2M from 3,500 locations that started at 5 PM. That repped 15% of its $14.4M opening day before exploding to $23M on Saturday for a $53M three-day total and a No. The first Lego Movie in February 2014 made $425,000 after 10 PM Thursday night previews and went on to make $69M in its first weekend. 1 win against Univeral's Fifty Shades Darker ($46.6M) and Lionsgate's John Wick: Chapter Two ($30.4M).
PREVIOUS, Friday AM: Warner Bros' The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part drew $1.5 million on Thursday night from showtimes starting at 4 PM, and when including the pic's early January 26 previews, the all-in pre-opening figure for the sequel is $2.1M.
That movie ended its run at $26.4M. Lionsgate's Liam Neeson snowplow action pic Cold Pursuit is eyeing $11.5M, with $4.1M today, a bit higher than his March 2015 pic Run All Night which received awful reviews at 59% Rotten but a great A- CinemaScore.
Tracking had Lego Movie 2 opening between $50M-$55M. That is lower than the first pic's 95%, and Lego Batman's 90%, but higher than Lego Ninjago's 56% Rotten. Even though Phil Lord and Christoper Miller aren't directing The Second Part, they wrote it, and critics have blessed it with a Rotten Tomatoes certified fresh of 83%.
Warners doesn't always hold previews for its kids pics during the non-summer or non-holiday periods, i.e., in September 2017 there weren't any Thursday night previews for The Lego Ninjago Movie. To do $1.5M on a night when there aren't any K-12 schools off is commendable (0% per ComScore and only 1% colleges off). Animation pics have long legs, and the whole reason why Warners is going during a time when schools are in session is to get a leg up on the busy, crowded Presidents Day weekend, which will take off on Valentine's Day next Thursday.
In 2050 theaters last night starting at 7 PM, Liam Neeson's Cold Pursuit from Lionsgate played earning $540K. That's lower than the action star's The Commuter a year ago, which earned $700K ($13.7M opening), but higher than his March 2015 release Run All Night ($455K Thursday, $11M start). Projections are between $8M-$11M. Critics enjoyed the movie at 80% fresh.
Orion's horror pic The Prodigy looks to do around $6.5M and may tussle with STX's The Upside ($6.5M) and Universal/BVI's Glass ($6M) for fourth place.
However, this is a Saturday matinee movie, not a Friday night one. One report is seeing Lego Movie 2 below $40M, like at $35M. We'll let you know if and when Bricksburg crumbles. 2nd UPDATE, 12:36 PM Friday: Early midday numbers show The Lego Movie 2 with an $11 million opening day and an estimated $40M weekend, lower than the $50M-$55M expected.
A $5M-$7M start is expected here for Prodigy. Orion's R-rated horror pic The Prodigy drew $350K last night which is on par with horror pics like 2015's The Lazarus Effect ($350K preview, $10.2M weekend) and DreamWorks' R-rated Fright Night ($350K, $7.7M opening); it's also slightly above BH Tilt's The Belko Experiment ($325K preview, $4.1M opening). Critics aren't impressed with the movie at 54% Rotten.” />
Before P&A the pic cost $20M. Today, the Taraji P. Henson movie is grossing around $7.8M. That said, Paramount's What Men Want is coming in at the top of where Paramount was seeing it, at $20M for the weekend, very good for a comedy in this day and age when the genre is challenged on the big screen.
Expectations earlier this week for What Men Want were between $18M-$20M, and that grew to $25M yesterday. Henson comedy What Men Want was very strong last night with $1.25M. Night School opened to $27M. That's slightly under the $1.35M made by Universal's Kevin Hart-Tiffany Haddish comedy Night School and ahead of The Upside ($1.1M) and Uncle Drew ($1.1M). Critics have squashed the movie at 45% Rotten, but What Men Want may be able to survive that. Paramount's Taraji P.

‘Men In Black’ Spinoff First-Look Photo: Chris Hemsworth & Tessa Thompson Will Neuralyze You, Pal

It's been more than 20 years since veteran fed Tommy Lee Jones recruited outsider Will Smith to join his secret governmental agency that keeps an eye on aliens living as humans in New York City. Have a look below (not above). Fast-foward to 2018, and the Men in Black franchise is spinning off with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson leading the way — and now we have our first look at the pair on the set ofin F. Gary Gray's film.
Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Rafe Spall and Kumail Nanjani also star in the sci-fi comedy, which Sony will release the on June 14.
Hemsworth took to Instagram to post an image of himself alongside his Thor: Ragnarok co-star Thompson in costume — but not in character — as Agents H and M, respectively. Whether either is a hint at the moniker of the as-yet-untitled pic is a topic for discussion. The accompanying slew of hashtags goes beyond mere #mib and strays into #legendsinblack and #revegers4life.
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Here is the photo Hemsworth posted today: