After a close race for the top spot in North America, Universal and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” pulled ahead to secure the domestic box office crown. The final instalment in the “Dragon” trilogy stayed strong, adding another $30 million in its second weekend of release. The animated adventure is just shy of the $100 million mark in North America with its domestic tally currently sitting at $97.6 million.
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— DreamWorks Animation (@DWAnimation) March 2, 2019
While “How to Train Your Dragon 3” fended off newcomers to repeat No. 1, Tyler Perry’s “A Madea Family Funeral” still had a solid start of its own. Perry bid a farewell to his long-running Madea character in the 11th and final instalment in the 15-year franchise. It opened ahead of expectations, pocketing $27million from 2 442 theatres.
“Madea Family Funeral,” which Perry directs, stars, and produces, marks the end of his partnership with Lionsgate.
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— Madea Family Funeral (@MadeaFamFuneral) January 28, 2019
Like previous “Madea” entries, audiences were more receptive to the eccentric character than critics were. The film nabbed a promising A-Cinema Score, while its Rotten Tomato score is a less-enthusiastic 25%. Moviegoers over the age of 25 accounted for 78% of its opening weekend, while 67% of crowds were female.
Third place went to Fox’s “Alita: Battle Angel,” which earned $7 million in its third weekend of release. Warner Bros. “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” landed at No. 4 with $6 million, while Universal’s “Green Book” rounded out the top five, amassing $4.7 million after nabbing an Oscar for best picture.
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— Alita: Battle Angel (@AlitaMovie) February 14, 2019
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