Another four day holiday weekend in the US (Presidents Day) yields some not so impressive results for several newcomers with the weekend down 47% behind last year, bringing 2017 10.4% behind 2016 to date. The better news came for the movies already in release, particularly The LEGO Batman Movie which only saw a 38% drop Friday thru Sunday, finishing Monday with $42.7 million. In its second week, the $80 million animated feature has earned $107.3 million domestically. In foreign markets, the film has taken in $72.1 million for a global total of $179.4 million, with a China opening to come on March 3.
Holding on to second place, Fifty Shades Darker dropped 56.5% Friday thru Sunday and finished Monday with $22.6 million. While not doing the same business as the first film, the $55 million flick has snagged $91.3 million in its second weekend domestically. Worldwide, the film finished at the top of the box office, earning an additional $43.7 million bringing the foreign total to $193 million and $284.4 million globally.
John Wick: Chapter 2 dropped just 47% in its second week, moving down one spot to Number 4 with a four-day $18.9 million total, bringing it to $61.1 million domestically, topping the original’s entire domestic theatrical run. Overseas the film has earned $32 million for a global $93.2 million total. Hidden Figures (6), A Dog’s Purpose (8), La La Land (9) and Lion (10) all saw increases over the holiday.
Of the new releases, the biggest of them all, The Great Wall, failed to set the box office on fire but still exceeded industry expectations with a $21.5 million four-day opening. For a $150 million movie, that figure does not bode well for Universal and Legendary to turn a profit. But looking at the bigger picture, the film has been in international release prior to its US debut, earning $74.5 million for a worldwide gross of $96.2 million.
The comedy Fist Fight bowed in fifth place with a four-day total of $14.1 million and an additional $1.5 million overseas. The visually trippy drama A Cure for Wellness managed to take tenth place Friday thru Sunday but slipped to Number 11 by the close of business Monday with a four-day total of $5 million. It was just edged out of the Number 10 spot by Lion by $140,000.
Returning to a normal three day weekend starting February 24, there may be a little movement in the Top Ten with Collide, Get Out and Rock Dog opening in wide release, and with the Oscars on Sunday, there may be some shuffling of the nominated films as well. Of the three new releases, the very buzzy Get Out stands the best chance of nabbing the Number 1 spot, if early audience reaction is any indication.
Below are the Top Ten grosses for the four-day weekend of February 17.
1.  The LEGO Batman Movie – $42,744,131 [$107,310,445]
2.  Fifty Shades Darker – $22,683,970 [$91,380,425]
4.  John Wick: Chapter Two – $18,981,463 [$61,173,546]
5. [N] Fist Fight – $14,121,149 [NEW]
8.  A Dog’s Purpose – $7,472,185 [$52,587,695]
[#] Last week’s position. [N] New in theaters. ★ HOTCHKA review | Source: Box Office Mojo