Hiccup and Toothless are back at the box office and flying high on their opening weekend. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is the third and expected final installment to the popular franchise, and it’s going out with a bang. The win is the perfect sendoff for the franchise but there are big releases on the horizon, so Hiccup and Toothless will have to enjoy the top while they can.
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” easily won the box office this weekend with a $55.5M debut across 4,259 locations. As we mentioned earlier, that’s a new franchise record for the animated-comedy, scoring the highest opening debut of all three films.
Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders directed the original installment to the franchise. “How to Train Your Dragon” made $43.7M when it opened in 2010, and the film went on to make over $494.8M worldwide. A sequel was quickly put into production, and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” hit theaters in 2014. Dean DeBlois returned to direct the movie, which made $49.4M on its debut before grossing $621.5M worldwide.
Dean DeBlois also directed “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”; the film features the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig, and Kit Harington.
FOX’s “Alita: Battle Angel” dropped to second-place overall this weekend on the domestic charts with a $12M weekend across 3,802 locations. Now in its second week, the film has made over $60.6M domestically. “Alita: Battle Angel” was directed by Robert Rodriguez and the film features Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Jackie Earle Haley.
“The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” landed in third-place this week with a $10M weekend. The animated-comedy has now made over $83.6M domestically in just three weeks. “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” was directed by Mike Mitchell; the film features the voice talents of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Alison Brie, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Maya Rudolph, Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill.
MGM’s “Fighting with My Family” expanded to 2,711 theaters this weekend, following a strong debut at the specialty box office last week. The film reached fourth-place overall with an $8M weekend. “Fighting with My Family” was written and directed by Stephen Merchant, the film features Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Nick Frost, Florence Pugh, and Olivia Bernstone.
“Isn’t It Romantic” remained in the top five for another week, taking fifth-place with a $7.5M weekend. Now in its second-week, the rom-com has made over $33.7M domestically. Todd Strauss-Schulson directed the romantic-comedy, which stars Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, and Priyanka Chopra.
Next weekend we will have two new releases. Focus Features is releasing Neil Jordan’s “Greta” with Chloe Moretz, Maika Monroe, Isabelle Huppert, and Colm Feore, against “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral.” Both of those films will have to hope for a big box office opening, because “Captain Marvel” is opening the following week and is expected to dominate the box office.