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'Lego Batman,' 'Fifty Shades,' 'John Wick' Share Crowded Box Office

During a weekend at the movies that offered Lego superheroes, erotic fantasy film and angry action, moviegoers spread the ticket sales pretty evenly.
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'Lego Batman,' 'Fifty Shades,' 'John Wick' Share Crowded Box Office

This was one of the few weekends at the movies when you could either relive your childhood or take adulthood up a notch.

Showing that there can be some justice at the box office, "The Lego Batman Movie" took the No.1 spot in an exceptionally crowded box office weekend. The two-hour toy commercial brought in an estimated $56 million domestically.

What's even more exciting is DC Comics finally managed to make a Batman movie that people don't hate.

"It's a frenetic, unhinged celebration of all things Batman," IGN's Daniel Krupa said. 

"The Lego Batman Movie" carries a rock solid 91 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but at some point DC is going to have to figure out how to get similar praise for its live-action films.

On the opposite end of the spectrum in just about every way is "Fifty Shades Darker," which earned an estimated $47 million, proving that terrible popular books make popular terrible movies.

Although our favorite kinky couple couldn't keep up with the original "Fifty Shades of Grey" debut, they still managed the best worldwide debut of 2017. 

If American audiences are growing tired of Anastasia Steele and Mr. Grey, foreign audiences are just getting strapped in. "Fifty Shades Darker" defeated all challengers overseas, bringing in a whopping $100 million there this weekend. 

All the while making critics squirm.

"F**k it; we're gonna make it the soap. The silly goofy soap," What the Flick's Christy Lemire said.

"There are a lot of really unintentionally funny moments here," Rotten Tomatoes' Matt Atchity said.

And last but not least, guns, adrenaline and Keanu Reeves. "John Wick: Chapter 2" managed a $30 million debut, nearly doubling the box office debut of the original "John Wick" film.

What's equally surprising is "John Wick: Chapter 2" also has better reviews than the original. And this one didn't even have to kill an innocent dog to do it.

As for next week, Bostonian Matt Damon saves China in "The Great Wall."