Box Office: Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea Family Funeral’ Takes on ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’

Variety | 2/27/2019 | Rebecca Rubin
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Universal and DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is heading for a repeat victory at the domestic box office.

The final chapter in the “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy could add another $27 million to $36 million in its second week of release if it sees a hold similar to its predecessors. The animated threequel debuted last weekend with a series-best $55 million. Since this weekend is light on new releases, that haul should easily be enough to top North American box office charts.

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Lionsgate’s “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral” looks to have the best start among newcomers. The final installment in Perry’s “Madea” franchise” is opening this weekend alongside “Greta,” a thriller starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Perry is bidding a final farewell to his long-running Madea character. The 11th installment in the series is expected to make $18 million to $20 million when it launches in 2,400 locations, a start that would be on the lower end compared to previous entries in the franchise.

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Based on Perry’s 1999 play “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” the eccentric character was first brought to the big screen in 2005’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” “Madea Goes to Jail” had the biggest debut for the series, launching with $41 million in 2009, while the lowest start belongs to 2013’s “A Madea Christmas” ($16 million).

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