‘How To Train Your Dragon’ Soars To The Top As ‘Alita’ Dominates Overseas [Box Office]

The Playlist | 2/24/2019 | Charles Barfield
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With the Oscars coming later tonight, many film fans have their minds set on the best that 2018 had to offer. However, this weekend’s box office domestic top 10 finally has gotten rid of its 2018 offerings, and in doing so, we’re starting to get a peek at what might be some of the bigger films of the first half of 2019. And while we don’t know what the rest of the year is going to bring (our guess is a lot of superheroes at the top of the box office), we do know that people still love their animated dragon films.

Debuting at the top of the list this week is “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.” The third installment in the ‘Dragon’ film franchise (there’s also some popular TV outings), ‘Hidden World’ stormed into the box office with an impressive $55.5 million first weekend. Much like how the previous two films were hugely successful with ticket buyers and critics alike, the third film seems to be riding high on great reviews and positive public opinion. The film has already been playing around the world for weeks, and now sports an impressive $275 million global cume.

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While not its official debut weekend, the WWE-produced film “Fighting with My Family,” written and directed by comedy vet Stephen Merchant, expanded nationwide and pulled in $8 million, good for #4. Starring relative unknown (but always incredible) Florence Pugh, ‘Family’ has apparently capitalized on its built-in WWE fanbase (the film tells the true-life story of one of the biggest wrestling personalities), surprisingly strong reviews (currently at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes), and a great marketing campaign (which makes the film feel more like a ‘Rocky’ movie instead of a WWE marketing stunt).

Another positive debut comes from former NFL star, who has now become an...
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