Box Office: Lego Batman still No.1; The Great Wall tops new releases

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After topping the charts last week, The Lego Batman Movie maintains its impressive start to its US box office run by retaining the No.1 spot for a second week, holding off all three newcomers this week (via Box Office Mojo).

Grossing an estimated $34.2million for the three-day weekend, Lego Batman dropped just 35.4% from its opening weekend and now stands at $98.7million with the $100million mark just a day away – indeed it has now topped $72million internationally and its worldwide total is now over $170milion with much more still to come (it opens in China in two weeks).

Fifty Shades Darker has to settle for 2nd place again, grossing $20.9million for the three-day and now stands at almost $90million domestically. Internationally however the film is the leader and brought in another $43.7million over the weekend and its worldwide total stands at $276.9million.

Of the new releases it was Matt Damon’s The Great Wall which placed highest, landing at No.3 with an estimated $18.1million. Perhaps not the greatest opening for the $150million budgeted actioner, but so far the film has grossed $262.7million worldwide and looks set to $300million very soon.

John Wick: Chapter Two dropped one place to No.4 with around $16.5million for the three-day as its domestic takings now stand at $58.6million ($15million more than the entire run of the first film) after ten days of release with many international markets still to come to add to its impressive $90million worldwide grosses.

Comedy Fist Fight, the second of the new releases, opened to around $12million which was below early estimates and may have to settle for a domestic gross of around $30million. Finally, Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness rounds out the top 10 with an estimated $4.2million on its debut – estimates pegged this one as a low opening and so it proved with another $4.5million grossed internationally.

Finally, Hidden Figures and La La Land continuing their hugely impressive runs in the lead-up to the Academy Awards next weekend. Figures now stands at $140million and is the highest-grossing domestic Best Picture Nominee and it’s worldwide total stands at $163.9million after it expanded internationally over recent weeks.

La La Land added $4.5million this weekend to now stand at $133.5million domestically, but it’s the worldwide performance that is most impressive with the musical now standing at a massive $340.1million. The film is the odds-on favourite to win Best Picture at next Sunday’s Oscar ceremony.

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