Box Office Actuals: ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Off to a Hot Start

# 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
8 Cold Pursuit Lionsgate $3,210,838 $26,996,405
9 The Upside STX $3,177,958 $99,707,367
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.

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