Lego Movie 2 takes $1.91m at weekend box office, well behind Captain Marvel

The Lego Movie 2’s debut was overshadowed by the continuing box office dominance of Captain Marvel over the weekend.

Captain Marvel’s $3.88m in takings across 645 screens dwarfed The Lego Movie 2 which earned $1.91m from 391 screens nationally while wrestling biopic Fighting With My Family took $1.22m from the 319 venues where it appeared.

Being beaten by a superhero movie is history repeating for the Lego movie franchise with the original’s debut falling behind a Captain America sequel in 2014.

After the disappointing Australian performance of the first Lego movie, Village Roadshow boss Graham Burke conceded the distributor had made ‘a hell of a mistake’ holding back the local release date following widespread criticism.

The other weekend debut, Fighting With My Family, loosely follows the real-life story of English WWF wrestler Saraya-Jade Bevis who became the youngest champion in the title’s history at the age of 21.

The movie, released at the Sundance Film Festival in January, has been on US and European screens since early February.

The weekend’s earnings take Captain Marvel’s total revenue to $31.6m since its debut three weeks ago, making it the highest grossing movie released so far in 2019.

Bohemian Rhapsody, the highest grossing movie still showing on Australian movie screens, earned $99,250 from 52 screens. Since its launch last November, the Freddie Mercury biopic has taken $54.8m from Australian movie-goers.

Hotel Mumbai and A Dog’s Way Home also cracked the the top five movies earning $632,342 from 273 screens and $350,000 from 256 screens respectively.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Captain Marvel (Disney) $3,881,160 645 $31,642,971
The Lego Movie 2 (Wb) $1,913,942 391 $3,822,630
Fighting With My Family (Universal) $1,219,201 319 $1,646,953
Hotel Mumbai (Icon) $632,342 273 $2,061,812
A Dog's Way Home (Sony) $350,345 256 $4,023,751
Green Book (Eone) $337,507 243 $13,341,390
Kesari (Zee Studios) $307,226 49 $307,226
Destroyer (Madman) $194,751 70 $263,218
Swimming With Men (Icon) $193,858 138 $333,054
Star Is Born, A (Wb) $166,058 127 $36,427,190
Sometimes Always Never (Transmission) $148,054 82 $566,255
Alita: Battle Angel (Fox) $132,389 127 $10,927,437
Bohemian Rhapsody (Fox) $99,250 52 $54,861,201
More Than Blue (Chinalion Film) $98,638 20 $288,941
What Men Want (Paramount) $91,057 91 $5,827,733
Greta (Universal) $66,481 82 $1,361,526
Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration (Trafalgar) $53,438 22 $53,438
King Of Thieves (Studiocanal) $47,812 133 $1,818,273
Stan And Ollie (Eone) $44,857 132 $2,342,217
Everybody Knows (Universal) $43,993 24 $539,967

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