The domestic box office might want to start sending out an S.O.S.
In North America, the sequel topped the box office ahead of competition from What Men Want ($19 million) and Cold Pursuit ($10.8 million), but its $35 million haul was well down from tracking estimates of between $45 and $60 million, and nearly 50% lower than its predecessor.
We heard last year that development is underway on a sequel to The LEGO Batman Movie, while WB has also had another spinoff entitled The Billion Brick Race in the works for some time now, although it lost its director last year.More news: George Michael's private art collection is going up for auction
"The Second Part" was easily the weekend's top ticket-seller in theaters over the weekend, but the film's estimated $35 million haul came well shy of expectations. It debuted nearly 50 percent behind its predecessor, 2014's "The Lego Movie", which pulled off a surprisingly strong $69 million launch before ending its theatrical run with $469 million worldwide. Pictures. A direct sequel to The Lego Movie (2014), it is the fourth film in the franchise, following the release of two spin-offs, The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie (both 2017). Comparatively, the first LEGO Movie brought in $18.4 million in its first weekend from ~30 fewer markets. Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Arnett once again lent their voices for "The Lego Movie 2", while Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, and Maya Rudolph joined the cast. Each entry cost between $60 million and $80 million before taking marketing into account.
"The Lego Movie 2" wasn't the only newcomer to the marquee this weekend.
In second was "What Men What", starring Taraji P. Henson in a loose remake of the 2000 Mel Gibson comedy.More news: Manchester City sorry for playing Chelsea anthem after Etihad Stadium thrashing
Paramount's romantic fantasy comedy film "What Men Want" opened in second place with an estimated 19 million dollars, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore. Neeson made headlines this week for making racially charged comments about his friend's rape.
With a debut of $10.8 million its a fairly run of the mill opening weekend for the Irish star. The plot centers around a child, whose disturbing behavior signals that an evil, possibly supernatural force possessed him, forcing his parents to investigate whether sinister forces are involved.More news: Baby rescued from storm water drain