Matt Damon's big-budget epic The Great Wall may be a hit in China, but it won't be able to beat holdover The Lego Batman Movie at the North American box office over the upcoming long Presidents Day weekend.
Prerelease tracking suggests Great Wall, a Legendary Pictures and Universal release, will open in the mid- to high-teen millions over the four-day holiday frame, well behind Lego Batman's projected $25 million-plus haul in its second outing. That's a sobering start, considering Great Wall cost $150 million to make.
The good news: Great Wall has earned $171 million in China and another $53.5 million in other foreign markets. Acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou directed the film, which marks the first English-language production shot entirely in China. Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau also star.
Also opening over the weekend are New Line's comedy Fist Fight and New Regency/Fox's psychological thriller A Cure for Wellness.
Fist Fight, starring Ice Cube, Charlie Day, Christina Hendricks, Dennis Haysbert and Tracy Morgan, could pull in as much as Great Wall. The pic's production budget is pegged at a modest $20 million.
The prospects for director Gore Verbinski's Cure for Wellness are far from healthy. The $40 million film, about the mysterious horrors that take place at a remote wellness center in the Swiss Alps, could have trouble approaching $8 million over its four-day debut. Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs and Mia Goth star in the film.
Elsewhere, Fifty Shades Darker - like Lego Batman - could remain a potent player in its second weekend.