The news out of Bricksburg this weekend was both good and bad.

First, the good: “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” Warner Bros.’s latest story about animated Lego bricks and set in a plastic metropolis, topped the domestic box office. It sold about $35 million in tickets.

The bad news: That figure is just about half of the $69.1 million its predecessor made nationwide during its opening weekend in 2014, according to Box Office Mojo, and considerably less than what most analysts expected.

The sequel was written by the duo behind the “The Lego Movie,” Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, but this time directing duties were taken by Mike Mitchell (“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water”). In the sequel, Chris Pratt lends his vocal cords to the ever-optimistic hero Emmet alongside Elizabeth Banks (his companion Lucy), Will Arnett (an absurd Batman) and an ensemble that includes Tiffany Haddish, Maya Rudolph and Jason Momoa, who voiced a brick version of his box office titan, Aquaman.

The movie brought in an additional $18.1 million overseas this weekend, according to the studio. Reviews have been generally favorable (with an 84% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes). But after an extremely weak Super Bowl weekend for ticket sales and a fairly quiet January, “The Lego Movie 2” failed to give the box office the boost it needed.