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|March 26, 2017|
Box Office: 'Batman' tops 'Fifty Shades Darker'
HOLLYWOOD - Costumed avengers, a billionaire with a kinky side, and a brutally efficient hit man proved to be just the tonic for an ailing box office this week.
“The Lego Batman Movie” bested “Fifty Shades Darker” at the multiplexes to capture first place. “Fifty Shades Darker,” the sequel to 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey,” couldn’t quite match its predecessor’s launch. It had to settle for a still sizable $46.8 million debut and second place on the box office chart.
“The Lego Batman Movie” now as the biggest opening of any 2017 release, but it did fall short of projections.
Universal’s “Split” surrendered the first place it had occupied for three consecutive weeks amidst the barrage of newcomers. The hit thriller captured fourth place on the chart.
Fox’s “Hidden Figures” rounded out the top five. The Oscar-nominated drama is about African-American NASA employees fighting racial prejudice in the early days of the space program. (Source: Variety)
Story Date: February 19, 2017