|#||Movie||Studio||Weekend Gross||Lifetime Gross|
|1||How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World||Universal||$55,022,245||$57,522,245|
|2||Alita: Battle Angel||Fox||$12,342,291||$61,023,359|
|3||The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part||WB||$9,683,481||$83,619,039|
|4||Fighting With My Family||MGM||$7,813,113||$8,028,134|
|5||Isn’t It Romantic||WB||$7,121,121||$33,379,863|
|6||What Men Want||Paramount||$5,248,197||$45,109,263|
|7||Happy Death Day 2U||Universal||$4,888,785||$21,511,665|
|10||Run the Race||RAtt.||$2,160,713||$2,160,713|
Box office actuals represent a chance to show how the final numbers shook out for the weekend. “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 $55M. 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 and solid reviews, 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 $12.3M. That brings its domestic total to just over $61M.
Finishing in third, “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” raked in $9.7M. That brings its domestic total to $83.3M, 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 $7.8M.
The Rebel Wilson led “Isn’t It Romantic” pulled in an estimated $7.1M to push its domestic total to $33.4M.
“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 $2.2M at around 850 theaters.