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‘Lego Movie 2’ Comes Apart With $34M+ Opening; ‘What Men Want’ Solid With $19M In Another Blasé B.O. Weekend

5th UPDATE/Writethru Sunday AM: Refresh for chart and more updates An over-saturated kids franchise pic, an overdone action star, and a low budget horror film aren’t really creating a stampede at theaters this weekend. We’re hearing that it’s the lowest post-Super Bowl weekend in ten years. That’s how much overall business stinks.

It’s been weeks–literally since the holidays–since we’ve had a multitude of pics hit the marquee, and this is what we get: A whole-lotta ho-hum. Next week offers more of the same, specifically quality challenged fare, with the very expensive $170M-plus pic  Alita: Battle Angel, another horror movie, Happy Death 2U, and Isn’t It Romantic. Captain Marvel, seriously, where are you??

March looks to be the month when the box office will be on steroids, with that Disney/Marvel pic on March 8, Universal/Blumhouse/Monkeypaw’s Us on March 22, and Dumbo on March 29. Spring will be great.

Paramount’s What Men Want is doing respectable business in regards to its $20M cost (before PA), with a studio-reported $19M weekend in second place off a $6.6M opening day. The result is a huge improvement for Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson whose Proud Mary wasn’t so happy last year with a low $9.9M opening. The R-rated comedy has the best audience reaction out of all the wide entries on PostTrak, with 4.5 stars and an 82% positive and a 69% recommend. African-Americans repped 41% of all moviegoers, followed by 28% Caucasian, 18% Hispanic and 7% Asian. This gender-flipped redo played best on the East Coast, along with the South. On CinemaScore, the Adam Shankman-directed comedy earned an ‘A’ from its core female audience and an A- from men.  The A- is the same as Night School and About Last Night. Based on Comscore’s PostTrack, the audience skewed female at 62% versus male at 38%.  By age, the audience skewed older, with 67% over 25, but

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