It was a tight race for the top spot at the box office this weekend between Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. The victory ultimately went to How to Train Your Dragon with an estimated $30 million haul. That makes for a 45.4% drop from last week, which is slightly ahead of its predecessor, which dropped 50% in its second frames. Domestically, the third How to Train Your Dragon is flying high with $97.6 million.
Tyler Perry’s ninth Madea film came in just behind with $27 million, which is the fourth-best opening in the franchise. Not too bad seeing is how A Madea Family Funeral is Tyler Perry’s final film featuring the mouthy matriarch. The film scored a strong “A-” CinemaScore and could end up finishing around $60 million or higher.
In third place was Alita: Battle Angel, which brought in an additional $7.2 million in North America. Though the James Cameron-produced manga adaptation is struggling domestically at just $72 million, the movie seems to be putting up a stronger fight overseas. Internationally, Alita has scored $278.2 million. That means worldwide, FOX is looking at a total cume of $350 million. With a reported production budget of $170 million, there is still a little ways to go before the studio can confidentially say the film has broken even.
Landing in the fourth slot is WB’s The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, which abducted $6.6 million over the weekend. The sequel now stands at $91.6 million domestically. Worldwide, the film has stacked $152.8 million.
It was previously reported that, coming off its recent Best Picture win at the 91st Academy Awards, Green Book had come back strong enough to round out the top five this weekend; however, now that the actual’s are in, that does not appear to be the case. Rather, The Dwayne Johnson-produced wrestling comedy Fighting with My Family has come out in fifth place with $4.6 million. That brings the film’s total box office to $14.9 million in its first two weeks of wide release.
Green Book did manage to land at number sixth, however. I mention this because the civil rights dramedy (drama-comedy) was the only film in this week’s top ten to see an increase frame-to-frame. To be more precise, Green Book saw a 115% jump from last weekend with $4.5 million. That is the best post-Oscars bump for any Best Picture winner of the last eight years.
This week’s new opener, Greta, did not debut in this week’s top five. Instead, the mystery suspense thriller bowed in eighth place with $4.4 million. While that puts Greta squarely within many predictions, it is still a pretty low number considering the film opened on 2,411 screens nationwide. That puts its per-screen average at a meager $1,902. The future does not look too bright for the film, either, after receiving a poor “C-” CinemaScore.
This weekend’s big opener is, of course, Captain Marvel. The 21st film from Marvel Studios will surely kick off the summer moviegoing season, at least at the box office, and is the last film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before the studio caps off their first decade in a big way with Avengers: Endgame next month.
What do you think about this weekend’s box office results? Do any of them surprise you? Let me know what you make of this all in the comments below!