With three new wide releases, the domestic box office could have the busiest weekend of the year thus far.
The Lego Batman Movie from Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros. division is expected to come in first place, grossing between $76 million and $80 million in its first weekend. The animated film should benefit from the success of The Lego Movie in 2014, which was a hit that raked in about $258 million domestically, according to Box Office Pro analysts.
Lego Batman has a score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes as of this morning, while 90% of the audience liked it so far, according to the movie rating and review site.
Fifty Shades Darker from Comcast's (CMCSA - Get Report) Universal Pictures should take second place this weekend, bringing in between $43.5 million and $46.0 million per analysts' estimates. The opening for the sequel is expected to fall short of 2015's Fifty Shades of Grey debut, which grossed about $85 million.
Fifty Shades Darker, adapted from E.L. James' trilogy, won't have as much hype surrounding it as the first film, analysts at Box Office Mojo said. But the film could benefit later in the week with Valentine's Day on Tuesday.
Another new release, John Wick: Chapter 2 from Lionsgate's (LGF.A - Get Report) Summit Entertainment, is projected to come in third place this weekend with roughly $26 million. In contrast, the film is expected to surpass the opening of its predecessor John Wick in 2014, which grossed about $14 million, according to Box Office Pro.