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Weekend box office – How To Train Your Dragon 3 soars in US, Alita opens big in China

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We’re about two weeks out from what is arguably 2019’s first major blockbuster in Captain Marvel. The argument being, of course, that the superhero adventure is an almost certain box office knockout with ticket presales surging to meteoric highs. Before that though, there have been other big productions looking to stake their claim before Marvel takes over. And How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World has done just that.

The third and final film in Dreamworks’ beloved animated franchise exceeded studio expectations as it opened to $55.5 million in the US, giving it the biggest domestic opening of the year thus far. It’s also the largest opening in the franchise, besting the $49.4 million opening of How to Train Your Dragon 2 in 2014. The trilogy finisher is also following in the footsteps of its predecessor on the international front. Having already opened in two markets a couple of weeks ago (one of which was actually South Africa), it expanded its global wings this weekend past as its now brought in a total of $216.9 million from overseas alon.

One of those earlier mentioned movies that were hoping to make it big was Alita: Battle Angel. The James Cameron-produced manga adaptation had a disappointing start in the US last week, and that continued this weekend past as it dropped 58% to bring in just $12 million as it fell from 1st to 2nd place. However, much like last weekend, the real story was happening overseas.

Following its strong international response last week, Alita opened in China in record-breaking fashion with $62.3 million. That gives Fox the biggest opening ever for the studio. The $9 million it earned from IMAX showings is also the best opening ever in that format for the month of February in the Asian market. With a production budget edging close to $200 million on top of a huge advertising campaign, Fox studio insiders claim that Alita needs to make $350 million to break even, while outside pundits peg that number closer to $450-500 million. With a global tally that’s now been lifted to $263 million, at least that goal now seems possible.

Speaking of sequels struggling in the US, The LEGO Movie continued to earn slowly as it added just $10 million to its coffers. At least it was able to hang onto 3rd place though, as wrestling biopic Fighting With My Family expended after its very limited run. The story of WWE superstar Paige brought in $8 million. Rounding out the top five, we have Rebel Wilson-led comedy Isn’t it Romantic with $7.5 million. Finally, the last newcomer on the charts is also the last film on the charts as sports drama Run the Race opened in 10th place with $2.2 million.

There was another big highlight for a blockbuster that happened outside of the charts though. Aquaman may no longer be a contender in the US and abroad but the $1.13 billion smash hit has continued to notch up the records. Last week it became the 20th biggest film of all time, and this weekend saw its international earnings climb to $806 million to eclipse Marvel’s Iron Man 3 and become the biggest earning solo superhero film outside of the US.

Let’s see what the rest of the US box office chart looks like:

No.Movie Name Weekend gross Percentage change US Domestic gross Worldwide gross Last Week's Position
1How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World $55.5 million NE $85 million $274.9 million NE
2Alita: Battle Angel $12 million -58% $60.8 million $263.3 million 1st
3The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part $10 million -51% $83.6 million $136.6 million 2nd
4Fighting with My Family $8 million +5673% $8.2 million $8.2 million 40th
5Isn't It Romantic $7.5 million -47% $33.7 million $33.7 million 3rd
6What Men Want $5.2 million -51% $45 million $49.6 million 4th
7Happy Death Day 2 U $4.9 million -47% $21.6 million $42.5 million 5th
8Cold Pursuit $3.3 million -44% $27 million $35.4 million 6th
9The Upside $3.2 million -41% $99.7 million $110.5 million 7th
10Run the Race $2.2 million NE $2.2 million $2.2 million NE

NE = New Entry

Last Updated: February 25, 2019


  1. Huzzah for How to train your Dragon 3! Great movie and a satisfying ending.


    • Admiral Chief

      February 25, 2019 at 13:42

      Agreed, good ‘ending’ to the trilogy. I felt quite satisfied after it all.

      Sad, but satisfied


  2. For the Emperor!

    February 25, 2019 at 15:33

    Aquaman deserves the money and recognition. Alita deserves more money!


    • Kromas

      February 25, 2019 at 15:33

      Alita deserves Avatar money. I need me some sequels.


  3. Kapitan Balalaika

    February 25, 2019 at 19:23

    I weep for Alita ? How’s the movie doing in Japan?


    • Kervyn Cloete

      February 26, 2019 at 08:24

      It was supposed to have been released this Friday past as well, but I can’t find any numbers for it.


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