After a close race for the top spot in North America, Universal and DreamWorks’ ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ pulled ahead to secure the domestic box office crown.
The final installment in the ‘Dragon’ trilogy stayed strong, adding another $30 million in its second weekend of release. The animated adventure is just shy of the $100 million mark in North America with its domestic tally currently sitting at $97.6 million. ‘The Hidden World’ is performing in line with the first two entries in the franchise, which ended their domestic box office runs with $217 million and $177 million, respectively.
While ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ fended off newcomers to repeat No. 1, Tyler Perry’s ‘A Madea Family Funeral’ still had a solid start of its own. Perry bid a farewell to his long-running Madea character in the 11th and final installment in the 15-year franchise. It opened ahead of expectations, pocketing $27 million from 2,442 theaters.
‘Madea Family Funeral,’ which Perry directs, stars in, and produces, marks the end of his partnership with Lionsgate. Like previous ‘Madea’ entries, audiences were more receptive to the eccentric character than critics were. The film nabbed a promising A- CinemaScore, while it’s Rotten Tomato score is a less-enthusiastic 25 percent. Moviegoers over the age of 25 accounted for 78 percent of its opening weekend, while 67 percent of crowds were female.
‘Madea’ had the best showing by far among new offerings. Focus Features’ ‘Greta’, a psychological thriller film starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert, launched below projections. Directed by Neil Jordan, ‘Greta’ bowed in seventh place with a tepid $4.5 million from 2,411 venues.
Meanwhile, Universal’s ‘Green Book’ benefited from Oscar glory. The film expanded back to 2,600 screens after nabbing the Academy Award for best picture. It secured fifth place in its 16th weekend of release, amassing $4.7 million. The road-trip drama had a slow start when it first debuted in November, but ‘Green Book’ has been chugging along in theaters and saw a sizable bump in ticket sales after getting some awards love. Now that it claimed the entertainment industry’s top prize, the movie got a 121 percent boost in revenue. ‘Green Book’ has earned $75 million in North America and $74 million overseas.
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