‘Lego Batman’ rises to top of strong weekend box office – MarketWatch

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  Warner Bros. won a crowded and broadly successful weekend at the box office with a new movie featuring Legos, Batman, Robin, Superman, King Kong, villains from “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings,” and more.

“The Lego Batman Movie,” which made its debut to a healthy $55.6 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to studio estimates, beat the sequels “Fifty Shades Darker,” from Comcast Corp.’s

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 Universal Pictures, and “John Wick: Chapter 2” from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

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 , which also opened well with $46.8 million and $30 million, respectively.

Film Clip: ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’


Watch a film clip from “The LEGO Batman Movie,” starring the voices of Will Arnett, Michael Cera, and Rosario Dawson. Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures

It was the first time in seven years that three movies opened to more than $30 million on the same weekend, according to comScore.

The “Batman” opening was lower than the $69 million start on the same weekend three years ago for the first “Lego Movie,” a surprise hit. That film faced weaker competition at the box office, however.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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