Box Office Estimates: ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Over-performs On Oscar Weekend

# Movie Studio Weekend Gross Lifetime Gross
1 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Universal $55,527,000 $58,027,000
2 Alita: Battle Angel Fox $12,000,000 $60,681,068
3 The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part WB $10,015,000 $83,619,039
4 Fighting With My Family MGM $8,012,000 $8,227,021
5 Isn’t It Romantic WB $7,510,000 $33,768,742
6 What Men Want Paramount $5,200,000 $45,061,066
7 Happy Death Day 2U Universal $4,988,000 $21,611,880
8 Cold Pursuit Lionsgate $3,300,000 $27,085,567
9 The Upside STX $3,210,000 $99,749,409
10 Run the Race RAtt. $2,273,050 $2,273,050

 

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” came in with a franchise best effort this weekend, capping off an unusually slow February. It was expected to post a number in line with its two predecessors, but it was able to get off to a much stronger start in the face of little competition.

As the only movie to open in more than 3,000 theaters, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” was able to post a franchise-best $55.5M. Opening in over 4,200 theaters, that represents a $13,000 per screen average. Coming into the weekend, the movie was expected to put up a total around $45M, so this is a welcomed surprise for Universal.

Based on this opening weekend, the film has a good shot at surpassing $200M at the domestic box office. And if it can harness this momentum, it has a good chance at outgrossing all of its predecessors. With such a strong start, this may not be the last entry in this franchise.

Alita: Battle Angel” continues to outperform dampened expectations week after week. But those slight surprises are not getting it anywhere close to making back its $170M budget. It declined 58% this weekend to pull in $12M. That brings its domestic total to just over $60M.

Finishing in third, “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” raked in an estimated $10M. That brings its domestic total to $83.6M, which lags behind its predecessors.

Fighting With My Family,” MGM’s family wrestling comedy, expanded this weekend after a limited run earlier this week. Showing at 2,711 theaters, the film pulled in an estimated $8M.

The Rebel Wilson led “Isn’t It Romantic” pulled in an estimated $7.5M to push its domestic total to $34M.

The Upside,” led by Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, continues to add to its bottom line. It pulled in $3.2M this weekend, pushing its domestic total to just short of $100M.

The only other new opener appearing in the top ten this weekend is the Tim Tebow-produced “Run the Race.” The film pulled in $2.27M at around 850 theaters.

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