While Warner Bros. is probably going to have a pretty healthy 2019 slate, they suffered a pretty big casualty right off the bat. Despite strong reviews and a much-beloved predecessor, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part has earned just $97.1 million domestic and $164.6m worldwide after a month in theaters. It still has China (March 22), Australia (March 28) and Japan (March 29) left to go, and I suppose it could break big in China in two weeks, but The LEGO Movie didn’t even play there in 2014 and The LEGO Batman Movie made just $6m there. As of this moment, the $99m-budgeted animated sequel may end its theatrical run with less than double its budget. What that means is that we’ve probably seen the end of the LEGO theatrical movies for a while.
Every time you see the logo for The Lego Movie franchise, you probably get that obnoxious song stuck in your head. You know the one — everything is awesome! Despite its persistence, the song is part of the charm of these films. It sets the stage for a rather idiosyncratic but fun adventure that manages to pull at least a smile or two out of you — and maybe even a tear — by the time the credits wind up. The characters are heartfelt and harbor a constant yearning to rediscover themselves while taking the audience with them. It really takes a person capable of eating puppies to hate the very fiber that wove these movies together… But then we have The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame.