Lego Batman Movie: Dominating Box-Office for Second Weekend

The Lego Batman Movie dominated the box-office, earning $42.5 million, taking first place for the second consecutive weekend.

The Warner release has now earned $107.1 million stateside. It focuses on a one-percenter who dons a bat costume in order to rescue Gotham City from the Joker.

Universal’s Fifty Shades Darker came in second, picking up $24 million at 3,714 sites. The erotic drama has helped bring BDSM into the mainstream, while earning roughly $92 million. That’s a solid result, although it trails its predecessor, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which had made $131 million at a similar point in its run. One more sequel, “Fifty Shades Freed,” is due out next year.

In third place, Universal and Legendary The Great Wall was huge flop, taking in $21.7 million at 3,325 locations. That’s a paltry result given its $150 million price tag. The film has done well in China, where it was shot, earning $171 million, and in other markets. The movie centers on a European mercenary (Matt Damon) who battles monsters during the Song Dynasty. Damon’s casting was supposed to make stateside crowds interested in seeing a tale set in China, but it drew some blowback on social media.

Legendary is undergoing a major shakeup. Last month, the company’s founder, Thomas Tull, was forced out after a series of film losses. He sold Legendary, which has produced “Blackhat,” “Godzilla,” and “Warcraft,” to China’s Dalian Wanda Group for $3.5 billion in 2016.

Legendary is now searching for a new corporate leader, who must do a better job of creating hits that play in both the States and the Middle Kingdom.

Lionsgate’s second weekend of “John Wick: Chapter 2” is finishing in a solid fourth place with roughly $19.1 million at 3,113 venues. The action franchise about a vengeful hit man (Keanu Reeves) appears to be growing in popularity. It has earned $61.3 million, eclipsing the entire run of 2014’s “John Wick,” which hit $43 million.

New Line’s opening of high school comedy “Fist Fight” also was disappointing, picking up $14.5 million at 3,185 locations. The film was backed by Warner Bros. division, and cost $20 million to make. It stars Ice Cube and Charlie Day as feuding teachers.

Fox’s horror-thriller A Cure for Wellness fared much worse, earning a deadly $5 million at 2,704 screens. The look at a sinister spa in the Swiss Alps was directed by Gore Verbinski (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and stars Dane DeHaan as an executive sent to retrieve his boss from the tony retreat. With a $40 million budget, this one’s a bomb.

“A Cure for Wellness” created a scandal. The film was criticized for using a “fake news” campaign that trumpeted reports that President Donald Trump was meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, among other claims. The studio was forced to apologize for the promotions, and the publicity failed to translate into ticket sales.

It was only the eighth largest Presidents Day weekend of all time and the worst in four years. Overall business was projected by comScore to hit $178 million for the four days — a full $100 million below the same weekend a year ago, when “Deadpool” and “Kung Fu Panda” led the way.

Domestic ticket sales are lagging behind last year’s numbers, down 5.4% from the same point in 2016.

However, next month will be stronger, with Logan, Beauty and the Beast, and Kong: Skull Island hitting theaters.