Box office: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ triumphs on Friday; ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ set to win weekend – Los Angeles Times

Three much anticipated and very different sequels landed in theaters this weekend, with “The Lego Batman Movie,” “Fifty Shades Darker” and “John Wick: Chapter 2” in a three-way race for audience attention.

Though the family-friendly “Lego Batman” is still on track to win the weekend, on Friday it was the politely kinky, adult-oriented “Fifty Shades” that was the box office turn-on. The second film in the “Fifty Shades” series based on the hugely successful erotic novels of E.L. James took in $21.5 million from more than 3,700 theaters.

The movie, which again paired leads Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, was directed by James Foley, who replaced “Fifty Shades of Grey” director Sam Taylor-Johnson. James’ husband, Niall Leonard, penned the screenplay. .

Meanwhile, the animated “The Lego Batman Movie” brought in $15 million in just over 4,000 theaters. the film, directed by Chris McKay. features the voice work of Will Arnett as Batman and Zach Galifianakis as the Joker.

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