[OPINION] The Lego Ninjago Movie: Flop or Success?

With the opening of The Lego Ninjago Movie earlier this weekend came with some dividing reviews, and we have the Box Office for this opening weekend, but did Ninjago flop or succeed?

First and for most, I wanted to point out that we just got a new adaption of Stephen King’s It, which has potential to be the highest grossing R-Rated movie of all time, and we also had Kingsman: The Golden Circle, the sequel to the Spy flick Kingsman: The Secret Service, which means that Ninjago has some big competition, and it definitely isn’t looking too hot right now.

The Lego Ninjago Movie opened in third place with $21.2 million dollars opening weekend.

To put this into context, July’s The Emoji Movie, which many people consider the worst animated movie of all time, opened second with roughly $25 million on July 28th. So would this be considered a flop? And why would this be? Well, that is what we’re gonna look at today.

Rough Competition

As previously mentioned, Ninjago opened to some pretty tight completion, with even It staying strong on the #2 spot, and Kingsman ruling the #1 throne. I have not seen either, but It’s critical acclaim helped a lot in the box office, and Kingsman is based on a comic book and a sequel to the successful Kingsman: The Secret Service, so that guaranteed itself the #1 spot.

Lego Movie Fatigue

Earlier this year, The Lego Batman Movie opened with roughly $53 million and critical acclaim. People have said that they aren’t really interested in seeing another Lego movie, especially one with pretty poor ratings/reviews. This caused Ninjago to have more than half less box office gross on opening weekend than Batman’s Lego Movie.


Ninjago’s budget has not been officially revealed yet, but since Batman had an estimated budget of $80 million, and The Lego Movie had an estimated budget of $60 million, we can safely assume that the budget was probably around the $60-$70 million budget mark, so that makes a $21.2 million dollar opening really bad, especially since The Lego Batman Movie under-performed. So, I hate to say this, but The Lego Ninjago Movie…

The stakes were too high but the movie just wasn’t enough to make the mark. A shame since Ninjago is a fantastic theme and all, but statistics are statistics.

What do you guys think? Let us know down in the comments below!

Note: To maintain our standards of promoting family-friendly content, The Plastic Fist does not endorse It or Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Audience discretion is recommended.


3 thoughts on “[OPINION] The Lego Ninjago Movie: Flop or Success?

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  1. Honestly in my eyes the movie seemed to be a success, but when you put the statistics into perspective, it definitely makes the movie sound like a flop. I think this had to do not only with what was said above, but also the fact that it released just after many kids were enrolling back into school! I also feel like nobody really regards the fact that both Batman and LEGO as a whole re much more popular than the Ninjago series. I feel like only those that have grown up with Ninjago, or kids who are into the theme really know what it is, whereas everybody knows who Batman is, he been around for decades. Kinda bummed about how quote-on-quote “bad” the Ninjago Movie did. but I still enjoyed it, so I guess that’s what really matters!


    1. I very much enjoyed it as well (even though I ate way too much popcorn) and yes, compared to other movies that flopped such as “mother!” earlier this month, The Ninjago Movie didn’t do horribly at all. We’ll just have to see how it does next weekend and when it releases in the UK in October


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