Lego Batman, 50 Shades Choke Competition

'The Great Wall' falls
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2017 12:53 PM CST
Lego Batman, 50 Shades Choke Competition
Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele in "Fifty Shades Darker."   (Doane Gregory/Universal Pictures via AP)

50 Shades Darker again found itself playing second banana to the Lego Batman Movie, as the two scored $34.2 million and $20.9 million, respectively, to hold down three newcomers, reports Business Insider. Failing big-league was Matt Damon's The Great Wall, which the AP notes at $150 million is the most expensive movie ever made in China, yet brought in only $18.1 million for the holiday weekend. That's mitigated slightly by the movie's success in China, where it has already taken in $171 million. Next in line was First Fight, which scored $12 million. A Cure for Wellness, meanwhile, "befuddled critics and audiences," as Business Insider puts it, with only a $4.2 million haul. (Read more box office stories.)

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