BOX OFFICE REPORT
February 22-24, 2019
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|How to Train Your Dragon:
The Hidden World
|Alita: Battle Angel||$12.0 million|
|The LEGO Movie 2||$10.0 million|
|Fighting with My Family||$8.0 million|
|Isn't It Romantic||$7.5 million|
Five years may have been too long for The LEGO Movie to wait for a sequel, but it was the right amount of time for How to Train Your Dragon. The former opened with less than half the original's debut, while The Hidden World delivered that franchise's best opening weekend ever. It had already opened in several countries across the globe, giving it $274 million in the bank. That makes it the year's biggest movie worldwide so far. (Though that will change in two weeks when Captain Marvel opens.)
Everything else basically fell off a cliff. Alita: Battle Angel slipped almost 58 percent, meaning it can kiss $100 domestic goodbye. It's doing better overseas, especially in China, but this long-in-the-works project won't yield any future films. The LEGO Movie 2 dropped to third, as it has yet to cross $85 million, and isn't doing any better internationally. If there's anything left for this franchise, it will almost certainly be straight-to-video (or on Warner Media's forthcoming streaming service).
Fighting with My Family expanded to wide release, jumping from 40th to fourth place. The wrestling comedy/biopic took in $8 million. That's nothing spectacular, but it's a solid opening for a movie that doesn't have any top-name stars (aside from a brief cameo from the Rock). Isn't It Romantic didn't drop more than 50 percent, but it's only at $33 million so far. Maybe all rom-coms are destined for Netflix after all.
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: The Iron Orchard, an adaptation of Edmund Pendleton Van Zandt's novel about the Texas oil boom. The film averaged $6,156 on its eight screens.
- The Tim Tebow-produced Run the Race didn't go the distance. The faith-and-football drama opened in 10th place with just $2.2 million.
- Flying under the radar, Peter Jackson's World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old has climbed the ranks of the top-grossing documentaries ever. It's already at No. 18 and should pass Oscar nominee Free Solo by next week.
It's Greta vs. Madea, but of course, Tyler Perry's unkillable creation will keep on slaying. I don't think it will be enough to take down How to Train Your Dragon, but A Madea Family Funeral should make at least $20 million for the No. 2 spot. Enough curious folks might be in for the unsettling thrills of Greta, but I think $8 million is the best it can hope for.