Box of­fice this year far from awe­some

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“The Lego Movie 2: The Sec­ond Part” was eas­ily the top ticket-seller in the­aters over the week­end, but the film’s $35 mil­lion open­ing failed to stack up to its ex­pected haul, ac­cord­ing to stu­dio es­ti­mates Sun­day.

The an­i­mated se­quel had been fore­cast to draw around $50 mil­lion. In­stead, it de­buted with half the $69 mil­lion the 2014 orig­i­nal did, de­spite good re­views. With about a $100 mil­lion bud­get, Warner

Bros.’ “The Lego Movie 2” had been pegged as a de­pend­able, star-stud­ded fran­chise re­lease sure to kick­start a mori­bund box of­fice. But af­ter record ticket sales last year, Hol­ly­wood’s 2019 has got­ten off to such a bad be­gin­ning that the movie’s tagline of “Ev­ery­thing is not awe­some” is look­ing more like ac­cu­rate in­dus­try anal­y­sis.

Chris Pratt, El­iz­a­beth Banks, Will Ar­nett and Will Fer­rell reprise their voice roles in “The Lego Movie 2,” while Tif­fany Had­dish and Maya Ru­dolph join the cast. Mike Mitchell di­rects the movie writ­ten by the first film’s writer-directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

Over­sat­u­ra­tion could be to blame. Since the 2014 orig­i­nal, which grossed $469 mil­lion world­wide, Warner Bros. re­leased two spinoffs: “The Lego Bat­man Movie” in 2017 and “The Lego Nin­jago Movie” later the same year.

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“The Lego Movie 2” fell short of ticket-sales fore­casts.

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