It feels like we’ve been watching the same six or seven movies shift places on the charts for weeks now, which makes what happened this weekend such a breath of fresh air. With four new releases all cracking the charts, we’ve at least got a little bit of variety in the titles we’ll be discussing, and no The Emoji Movie near the list. I’ll put that down as a win in my book any day of the week. Here’s the estimated box office grosses as of Sunday afternoon:
Look, I’ll be honest: despite the runaway success of 2014’s The LEGO Movie and last year’s The LEGO Batman Movie, I was never really sure why Warner Bros. was moving forward with The LEGO NINJAGO Movie as the third entry in its LEGO cinematic universe. Maybe I’m completely out of touch - “No, it’s the children who are wrong!” - but the NINJAGO series of video games and movies doesn’t have quite the same pull as the licensed LEGO toys. Besides, isn’t NINJAGO basically just an animated version of Power Rangers? Does the summer really need a second one of those?
San Diego Comic-Con, like life, comes at you fast. With just a couple of short weeks until SDCC 2017, the first panel and scheduling announcements have started to roll in — including, wonder of all wonders, a Twin Peaks panel in Hall H (unfortunately, David Lynch will not be giving us the mystifying pleasure of experiencing “David Lynch at Comic-Con”). Following that wild announcement, SDCC has unveiled their official Thursday film lineup, which includes panels from 20th Century Fox (hello, Deadpool!), the DCU and Netflix.
Yesterday, a brief partial trailer for a full-length trailer (itself a partial-length version of the full-length movie) arrived online in promotion of The Lego Ninjago Movie, the latest spinoff of the Lego Movie franchise more recently expanded with The Lego Batman Movie. It gave us a brief preview of the design of the land of Ninjago, a block-built utopia wth Eastern influences that superficially resembles Tokyo. But today, we’ll get a fuller look at the new world in which this film takes place, and the scrappy little figurines that populate it as well.
Hollywood’s getting in the Lego business, and there’s nothing we can do to stop it. Not that we’d want to, necessarily — The Lego Movie was a delight, and notices for the newly release The Lego Batman Movie have been positive. (Our trusty editor-in-chief Matt Singer spoke kindly of the film in his review earlier this week.) But regardless of where you personally stand on the matter, you’re getting more hot Lego content in the years to come. Production has already begun on the sequel to The Lego Movie, which should really be called The Lego Movie Sequel, and today brings a fleeting first look at the fleeting first look at The Lego Ninjago Movie.
With The LEGO Batman Movie the latest LEGO adventure to be hailed by critics — our own review called it “far more entertaining than a giant piece of crass commercialism has any right to be” — it looks like the LEGO universe is here to stay. In fact, that crass commercialism might be part of the fun; while plenty of Marvel fans spend their time wondering what would happen if the studio obtained the rights to some of their lost properties, the LEGO films are free to move forward with reckless abandon, secure in their strange collection of legal permissions.