‘How to Train Your Dragon’ On Top Again as Annual Box Office Down 25 Percent

IndieWire | 3/3/2019 | Staff
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This weekend was a first for 2019: Two films grossed over $25 million, led by the second weekend of “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” and a better-than-expected opening for “A Madea Family Funeral.” That’s great news ahead of next weekend, when Disney’s “Captain America” is expected to open over $100 million. Still, with the “Black Panther” performance in the comp, year-over-year performance remains at a staggering 25 percent down.

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

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“Dragon,” which surprised with its series-best domestic opening, fell 45 percent its second weekend, just about even with the previous release. It is at $375 million worldwide, with most countries now open. The DreamWorks Animation series is on its third distributor (now at Universal, previously Paramount and 20th Century Fox), so anything close to the previous success is particularly gratifying for the studio.

It’s the best second-weekend result this year, and the best second weekend for an animated release since “The Grinch” — and that’s with “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse,” and “The LEGO Movie 2” opening since. That’s particularly promising, since March means spring vacations and elevated weekdays staggered through the month. This boosts the film’s chances of hitting $200 million.

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“A Madea Family Funeral”

Marketing for the latest Tyler Perry film suggests it represents the end of the very-successful Madea series, a strategy that likely helped it hit $27 million; pre-opening estimates figured closer to $20 million. As the ninth entry in a franchise that started in 2005, it is an impressive performance and a third better than “Boo! 2” last Halloween. The series’ demise is likely well timed; overall, it is only seventh-best among series entries.



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