Weekend Box Office

Last week’s champ, ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ was in a neck-and-neck race with newcomer “Madea’s Family Funeral’, but ultimately, the Dreamworks family flick edged ahead, earning $30 million, versus ‘Madea’s $27M.  In fact, ‘Hidden World’ is the #1 movie in the world, including in the highly-competitive China market.  That film opened in some markets ahead of in the US.  Its total global haul at this point now stands at $375.4M.

It helps that this movie has been nearly universally embraced by both critics (a stellar 91% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences (A CinemaScore), so positive word of mouth is attracting more people to check this picture out.

Critics always hate Tyler Perry’s movies, so it’s not surprising that ‘Madea’s Family Funeral’ was trashed, landing at a 24% ranking on RT.  But critics don’t matter in a case like this.  The Perry faithful turned out and liked it, giving it an A- CinemaScore.  Like ‘Hidden World’, this is being sold as the last movie in the series, which may have driven extra interest.  Its $27M take for the weekend by far exceeded the projection that it would top out at $21M.

‘Alita: Battle Angel’ won’t turn out to be the massive flop that some predicted it would be, as it’s hanging in there, earning an additional $7M in the US, and held onto the #3 spot.  Its international total is now $350M.  Reportedly, it needs to hit $500M to break even, once advertising is added in, so that may not happen.  But it’s doing a lot healthier than expected.

Bolstered by its Academy Award win for Best Picture, ‘Green Book’ jumped up to #5, earning $4.7M.  Civil rights-type movies don’t usually play well outside of the US, but this award has helped it reach $188M worldwide.

TOP FIVE:

  1. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Dreamworks Animation/Universal) – $30M
  2. Madea’s Family Funeral (Lionsgate) – $27M
  3. Alita: Battle Angel (20th Century Fox) – $7M
  4. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (Warner Brothers) – $6.6M
  5. Green Book (Uni/Part/DW) – $4.7M

Next week…

Nuff said.

Source: Deadline