'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Holds off Madea's 'Family Funeral' at Box Office

www.boxofficemojo.com | 3/3/2019 | Staff
Universal and DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was able to fend off Lionsgate's release of Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral and retain the weekend's #1 spot at the box office even though Perry's final outing as Madea outperformed expectations with the fourth best opening in the now nine-film franchise. Focus's Greta settled outside the top five in its debut weekend, while Universal's Best Picture winner, Green Book, saw a strong bump following its Oscar night win.

With an estimated $30 million, Universal's How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World dipped -45% in its second weekend, pushing the film's domestic cume to $97.6 million after ten days in release. The film dipped a little more than we expected heading into the weekend, but still managed to hold on better than the second film in the franchise over its sophomore frame as it is still outpacing its predecessors at the same point in the release cycle, though it's looking less and less likely it can maintain that momentum.

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Internationally, Hidden World added $52 million this weekend, the bulk of which came from its debut in China where it racked up an estimated $33.4 million. The film's international cume now stands at $277.7 million for a worldwide cume that now tops $375 million. The film still has eight markets left to release, the last of which being Japan on August 23.

In second place is Tyler Perry's ninth film in the Madea film franchise and the multi-hyphenate is reportedly making this his final Madea feature. If that holds true and Lionsgate can't talk him into a tenth pic, the titular character is going out with a bang, delivering an estimated $27 million debut, the fourth largest in the franchise. The film also received an "A-" CinemaScore from opening weekend...
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