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Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ to Tear Down ‘The Great Wall,’ Beat ‘Fist Fight’

Variety logo Variety 2/17/2017 Dave McNary
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Holy, box office champ! “The Lego Batman Movie” is heading for a dominant $41 million at the North American box office this Presidents Day weekend, taking in more than the combined haul of three new entries, early estimates showed Friday.

Action-fantasy “The Great Wall” was heading for $18 million at 3,325 sites for the Friday-Monday period, while high school comedy “Fist Fight” looks likely to finish around $14 million at 3,185 locations. Meanwhile, horror-thriller “A Cure for Wellness” was scaring up a modest $5 million at 2,704 screens.

The second weekend of “Fifty Shades Darker” appeared likely to challenge “The Great Wall” for runner-up as the erotic sequel saw patronage plunge by about 67% from its opening weekend. The follow-up to “John Wick” may also contend for second with a projection of $16 million.

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“Lego Batman,” Warner Bros.’ spinoff of 2014’s “The Lego Movie,” is playing at 4,088 sites and will wind up the weekend with more than $103 million in its first 11 days. Will Arnett returns as the voice of Batman, along with Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, and Ralph Fiennes. “Lego Batman” opened with $53 million on Feb. 10-12.

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Universal’s “The Great Wall” is performing in line with forecasts, which had pegged the the film to finish in the $17 million range. Matt Damon stars as a European mercenary joining the fight against monsters during China’s Song Dynasty.

The Legendary production has already grossed a hefty $171 million in China since its Dec. 16 debut and another $50 million in other international markets. It’s opening in 21 more territories this weekend. “The Great Wall,” directed by Zhang Yimou, carries a $150 million budget — the most expensive movie ever shot in China — and is co-financed by Le Vision Pictures and China Film Group. Damon stars alongside Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, and Andy Lau.

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New Line’s “Fist Fight,” starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day as feuding teachers, is performing at the lower end of  recent forecasts, which had pegged it for $15 million over the four-day Presidents Day weekend. The titular fight erupts when Cube’s character, a history teacher, blames Day’s English instructor for getting him fired. Jillian Bell, Tracy Morgan, and Christina Hendricks also star.

“Fist Fight” should be profitable for New Line as it carries a $20 million price tag and will be the only comedy until Warner Bros. launches “Chips” on March 24.

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A Cure for Wellness” looks likely to be a money-loser for Fox and New Regency, which spent $40 million on the production. Directed by Gore Verbinski, “Wellness” centers on a young executive (Dane DeHaan) trying to retrieve the company’s CEO from a shadowy spa in the Swiss Alps.

Fox apologized on Thursday after reports emerged that it had created “fake news” stories, such as a nonexistent meeting between President Donald Trump and Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, at a resort, to promote the film.

The three new films have not received much critical support with “Fist Fight” scoring a 30% rating on Rotten Tomatoes while “The Great Wall” earned 36% and “A Cure for Wellness” came in with 41%.

The muted performance by the three new films will cause the 2017 Presidents Day weekend to fall well short of the same frame from the last two years. “Deadpool” set a record last year, taking in $152 million as part of a $278 million overall domestic gross, according to comScore. That broke the record set by 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” with $85 million (the total haul was $248 million).

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