weekend box office how to train your dragon 3

It’s official: people really want to learn how to train their dragons. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third and final entry in the animated franchise, won the weekend box office, hauling in $55.5 million. This is the best debut of any film in the series, probably because audiences couldn’t resist seeing hot older Hiccup and his CGI beard. Meanwhile, Alita: Battle Angel dropped to second place, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part came in third, and Fighting With My Family wrestled its way to fourth place.

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Alita Battle Angel clip

Last year, President’s Day weekend was quite the box office bonanza thanks to Black Panther raking in $202 million in its opening days. This year, the holiday weekend wasn’t fortunate enough to have such an impressive performer, and it resulted in the worst three-day President’s Day weekend since 2004.

Alita: Battle Angel landed at the top of the box office with $27.8 million. Even though that doesn’t seem like an impressive number for a movie that cost $170 million to make, the film still performed beyond analyst expectations. But not all of the new releases were so lucky. Read More »

The LEGO Movie 2 Scene Breakdown

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, The LEGO Movie 2 director Mike Mitchell breaks down a post-apocalyptic chase sequence from the animated sequel. Plus, find out how many shots Stormtroopers miss in a single action sequence from Star Wars, and watch as Isn’t It Romantic? star Rebel Wilson talks to kids about Valentine’s Day. Read More »

The LEGO Movie Airline Safety Video

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a new airline safety video for Turkish Airlines created entirely with the characters of The LEGO Movie 2. Plus, go behind the scenes of Pixar’s latest SparkShorts project Smash and Grab, and watch as a roundtable of actors and actress from the Sundance Film Festival sit down for a chat about their movies and more. Read More »

The LEGO Movie 2 Box Office

The weekend box office numbers are in, and even though the animated sequel The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part took the top spot, it performed well below expectations.

The LEGO Movie 2 was expected to open with at least $50 million last weekend, but it only ended up with a haul of $34.4 million. That’s roughly half of what The LEGO Movie earned in its opening weekend back in 2014. Is this a case of franchise fatigue for the building brick property? Or did the marketing for the sequel just not appeal to audiences this time around? Read More »

The LEGO Movie 2 Game of Games

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the characters of The LEGO Movie 2 play Ellen’s Game of Games. Plus, watch the feature film nominees for the Director’s Guild of America awards have a 2.5 hour discussion about their craft, and watch a special look at A Star Is Born as the movie makes its way towards Oscar gold. Read More »

the lego movie 2 setting

Everything is not so awesome in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. The sequel to the acclaimed 2014 hit transforms the cheery Bricksburg into a post-apocalyptic wasteland — and screenwriters Phil Lord and Chris Miller reveal that this was for more than just a Mad Max reference. The drastic transformation of The LEGO Movie 2 setting was an intentional nod back to the viral song from the first movie that everyone, apparently, misunderstood.

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the lego movie 2 setting

The setting of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is a drastic departure from the sunny metropolis of the first hit film. The beloved Bricksburg has been transformed into post-apocalyptic wasteland named Apocalypseburg, and Emmet, Lucy, Batman, and co. must survive the barren Mad Max-inspired environment. But The LEGO Movie 2 setting was almost completely different.

Screenwriters Phil Lord and Chris Miller, stepping down from their directorial duties for the first movie, revealed that the sequel almost took place at a LEGO convention for a large portion of the film, which would have taken the franchise’s meta-humor to a whole new level. But that idea, along with several others, got scrapped on the way to the theater.

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lego movie 2 comic con

When such an enjoyable, original hit movie like The LEGO Movie comes along, the inevitable sequel always comes with some worry and skepticism. Thankfully, the marketing for the animated follow-up promised a movie in the same vein as the original with some fun new tangents. But how does The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part really measure up to the first adventure with master builders Emmet (Chris Pratt) and Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) and the rest of their building block companions? Read More »

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The LEGO Movie Universe

The ending of The LEGO Movie promised a clash of playtimes with some aliens from the planet Duplo arriving in Bricksburg and promising to destroy Emmet, Wyldstyle, LEGO Batman and the whole minifigure crew. As The LEGO Movie 2 trailers have teased, the invasion has brought about an apocalypse of sorts, and amidst all the chaos, a new villain named General Mayhem has kidnapped all of Emmet’s friends, and it’s up to the chipper Master Builder to get them back.

However, much like the original LEGO Movie, there’s more than meets the eye with this sequel. The LEGO Movie 2 expands the building brick universe in a way that might surprise you, and it requires a little bit of explanation by co-writers and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. But beware that it dives into spoiler territory for The LEGO Movie 2, so proceed at your own risk. Read More »