The LEGO Batman Movie has pushed past $200 million after two weeks on release, with a strong critical reaction matching the box office success. Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures announced the figures today.
A jubilant press release from Warner Bros. celebrates the success:
Scoring the biggest box office opening of 2017, the new film from director Chris McKay and the team behind the 2014 blockbuster “The LEGO Movie” took the top spot in its first weekend in North America, and registered an A- Cinemascore. It ranked first again in its second weekend, and has so far earned over $118 million on the domestic front.
It simultaneously made a robust debut in day-and-date engagements in 60 markets across Europe, Asia and Latin America. The film has maintained the number one spot in the UK since its opening, and has continued to hold strong overseas for an international cume of $84 million, to date.
Just as much a hit with critics as with fans, “The LEGO Batman Movie” is Certified Fresh at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Although now quoted as a reliable indicator of the critical reaction to a film, there is debate as to what extent the Rotten Tomatoes rating takes into account the nuanced views included in movie reviews.
In making the announcement, Kroll said, “We are proud and happy to mark another resounding success for our LEGO film franchise. Congratulations to our partners at the LEGO Group, to director Chris McKay and to the multitude of talented individuals who made this film such an extraordinary cinema experience for the whole family.”
Warner Bros. will be hoping to replicate the success of The LEGO Batman Movie when The LEGO NINJAGO Movie is released in September. The latter has name recognition with younger fans, but will be less familiar to the broader movie-going audiences.
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