It’s the busiest weekend we’ve had for a while at movie theatres, with something for everyone to choose from. Alas, only one film can be number one, though.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part comes five years after Emmett (Chris Pratt), Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and others made LEGO films a viable film franchise. All the major players for this one, though original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller only handled script duties this time out, with Mike Mitchell taking the helm. Reviews have been stellar for this one, with the film currently sitting at 85% fresh. There’s no question that The LEGO Movie 2 will grab the top spot at the box office, and it should do so with an impressive $80 million.
Also out this weekend is What Men Want, a reimagining/reboot of What Women Want, the 2000 film starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. The concept is flipped here, with Taranji P. Henson gifted the ability to read the thoughts of men. Henson brings an audience with her, and the film should debut relatively strongly with $23 million.
Now what about Cold Pursuit, the new Liam Neeson black comedy about revenge. Neeson’s recent comments about his own misguided thoughts on the subject have put the spotlight more on his life rather than on his work, and that could play out when it comes to audiences taking a pass on him this weekend. Look for Cold Pursuit to arrive in third place with $15 million.
As for the rest of the top five, the new horror film The Prodigy arrives with little to no buzz and poor reviews. It will have to settle for fourth place with $6.5 million. Finally, The Upside will close things out in fifth place with $6 million.
So, to recap, here are our predictions:
1) The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part – $80 million
2) What Men Want – $23 million
3) Cold Pursuit – $15 million
4) The Prodigy – $6.5 million
5) The Upside – $6 million
Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how the weekend turns out!