Box Office Preview: “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” Remains Hot


This week’s Box Office Preview comes in the wake of the Oscars. This weekend looks ready to start March off on the right foot. Most of this weekend’s business will come from holdovers, but a few new entrants represent the beginning of a wave of new releases as Spring gets underway.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” looks to build upon its strong start facing little family-oriented competition. The film’s predecessors declined by 33% and 50%, respectively. Expectations are that this film will fall somewhere in the middle, which would yield a second weekend of around $32M.

Tyler Perry’s Madea movies have a long track record. All but one have crossed the $20M mark in their opening frame. This film looks poised do the same. Perry has said that “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral” will be the final Madea movie, so fans may have added incentive to turn out.

Alita: Battle Angel” is declining fast and that trend is likely to continue with the film bringing in around $7M this weekend. That would give the film a domestic haul of $72M, which leaves it a long way from breaking even given its $170M budget.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is putting pressure on “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.” The LEGO sequel is losing momentum as it looks to bring in around $6M this weekend.

Greta,” starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Moretz will be opening in 2,400 theaters this weekend and looks poised to bring in just short of $5M. That opening would put it right in line with comparable small horror films like “It Comes at Night.”

The rest of the top ten will be composed of holdovers, including newly minted Best Picture winner, “Green Book.” The film is receiving a nearly 1,400 theater bump, which is the largest any Best Picture nominee or winner has ever seen following the show.

  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (4,286 theaters) – $32.0 M
  • Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral (2,442 theaters) – $22.0 M
  • Alita: Battle Angel (3,096 theaters) – $7.2 M
  • The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (3,458 theaters) – $6.2 M
  • Greta (2,409 theaters) – $4.8 M
  • Fighting with My Family (2,855 theaters) – $4.7 M
  • Isn’t It Romantic (3,325 theaters) – $4.6 M
  • Green Book (2,641 theaters) – $4.0 M
  • What Men Want (2,018 theaters) – $3.0 M
  • Happy Death Day 2U (2,324 theaters) – $2.2 M

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