It's poised to be a very big weekend at the box office after a slower than usual January. For the last three weeks, M. Night Shyamalan's Glass has taken the top spot, bringing in another $9.5 million on a particularly slow Super Bowl weekend to kick off February moviegoing. But that all changes as not one, but four newcomers are heading to theaters for moviegoers to choose from, and they're all radically different. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, What Men Want, Cold Pursuit and The Prodigy will offer moviegoers of nearly any sort something to take in.
The LEGO Movie 2 will ultimately take the top spot at the box office, quite easily we might add, with tracking putting the sequel between $50 and $55 million. That's less than what the original made on its opening weekend, but it has been five years between installments and it's a competitive weekend. It's by no means a failure and this looks to be a great start for Warner Bros.' growing franchise. This entry comes from director Mike Mitchell (Trolls) with Phil Lord and Chris Miller producing. Thus far, critics are digging it, as it currently boasts a 90 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Next up will be What Men Want, which stars Taraji P. Henson in a gender-swapped twist on Mel Gibson's 2000 rom-com, What Women Want. Things are looking very good for the Adam Shankman-directed flick, as it's projected for $18 million on the low end and $24 million on the high end. Either way, that will be more than enough for second place.
Liam Neeson's new dark comedic thriller Cold Pursuit, which sees the Taken star as a snow plow driver carving up a path of revenge after his son is killed by drug dealers, will take the three spot. That is, unless Neeson's recent, very controversial interview, in which, he admitted to wanting to kill a "black bastard" after one of his close friends was raped, results in this movie taking a serious financial hit. And it's quite possible that could be the case. As it stands, tracking puts it between $7 and $10 million.
It will be a very close race to round out the top five, with Orion's new creepy kid horror movie The Prodigy trying to best The Upside, which has done very well ever since it opened in January. The Prodigy is tracking between $6 and $7 million and, as of this writing, has just a 50 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But the horror crowd proves time and time again that they will show up. Also of note; Miss Bala is going to plummet after a disappointing first weekend and will be very lucky if it sees $4 million in its second frame. Be sure to check out our full list of weekend box office predictions below and check back with us on Sunday for the weekend estimates. These numbers come to us from Box Office Mojo.