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In what was supposed to be a spectacular return to blockbuster box office turned out to be a depressingly stale weekend. Not only did the primary release, THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART, lag more than 20 million behind expectations and 40 million behind its internal predecessor, the rest of the new releases seemed to suffer the same fate. This disappointing decline can only be attributed to franchise fatigue, a conclusion that is shocking since the franchise has only been in existence since early 2014. And at this point, it seems very unlikely that another installment will be released by studio and distributor Warner Bros Pictures, even if this latest film was received moderately by critics and audiences.
Thankfully opening at number one to a tune of 34.4 million, what THE LEGO MOVIE 2 accomplished this weekend was horrible by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, when removing the lofty expectations out of the equation, the number could be considered respectable for a family animated film. But given that its predecessor and original grossed nearly 70 million in its opening, this 40 million decline certainly doesn't forebode well. However, THE LEGO MOVIE 2 could eventually rally and turn itself into a great holdover for the entire month of February. After all, no significant competition in the genre is emerging until the third film in the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON series. This could give THE LEGO MOVIE 2 some much-needed breathing room to flourish before March's CAPTAIN MARVEL entirely dominates the box office for several weeks.
In regards to how the film was received, the announcement of its CinemaScore was delayed until Sunday, making some industry analysts particularly nervous for fear of it being dismal. But it was the exact opposite. Striking a chord of an "A-," it landed just a grade lower than the original and had the same score as 2017's acclaimed THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE. Critics also seemed to be mostly in on the film, with a currently 84% on Rotten Tomatoes. But even then, nearly everyone agrees that THE SECOND PART isn't up to par with the original. This cause some families to not rush out to the film and instead reserve it for streaming or when boredom rolls around on an airplane. This could cause THE LEGO MOVIE 2 to lose some much needed revenue, revenue that it will hopefully garner in the coming weeks. THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART is playing in theaters now.