'Lego Ninjago' A No-Go At The Box Office

Carla Harmon
September 25, 2017

Kingsman: The Golden Circle has shot to the top of the North American box office in its opening weekend (22-24Sep17).

On the global market, It brought in $38 million this weekend, which makes its total worldwide take ($478 million) ever closer to a staggering half-billion dollars.

Taking place a year after the events of the first and after their headquarters are destroyed by drugs baron Poppy (Julianne Moore), Kingsman agents Eggsy (Taron Egerton) and Merlin (Mark Strong) journey to Kentucky to enlist help from their American cousins - Statesman- to prevent the rest of Poppy's nefarious plans from coming to fruition.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a slick, inventive sequel that will leave fans grinning from ear to ear. However, it comes in under projections of $40 million (£29.6 million). The Warner Bros. animated film, about a young ninja warrior and friends battling his warlord father, is lagging far behind the openings of predecessors The Lego Movie ($69.1 million) and The Lego Batman Movie ($53 million).

If the weekend estimate holds, Ninjago will have opened lower than Warner Bros.' last original animation feature, Storks, and that's problematic since WB really thought the Lego films would be a bread-and-butter flagship franchise, generating consistent revenue thanks to the brand's built-in name recognition.

Reviews for Ninjago were underwhelming, and audiences gave it a B-plus CinemaScore.

American Assassin comes in fourth with $6.25 million (£4.6 million), while Jennifer Lawrence's mother! and Reese Witherspoon's Home Again tie for the fifth spot with $3.2 million (£2.4 million) each. And the inspirational Jake Gyllenhaal drama, Stronger, placed ninth with just under $2 million. That works out to a per-theater average of $3,045. Check out the September 22-24 figures below.

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