Box Office Report: ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Retains the #1 Spot

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Night Fury dragon Toothless and Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) in DreamWorks Animation’s ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ (Photo © 2019 DreamWorks Animation LLC)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World continues to pull in family audiences, keeping its grip on the top spot on the box office chart for its second weekend in a row. Its biggest competition over the March 1-3, 2019 weekend came from the final film of the Madea franchise, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral. The ninth film of the successful comedy film franchise had to settle for second place while outperforming pre-release estimates.

The first weekend in March also marked the release of the thriller, Greta, directed by Neil Jordan (The Borgias, The Brave One). Starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz, the Focus Features release didn’t earn a lot of love from critics or from ticket buyers. Greta currently sits at 57% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and pulled in a disappointing $4.5 million over its opening weekend.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will be relinquishing its box office crown next weekend with the arrival of the much-anticipated comic book-inspired film, Captain Marvel. Opening in 4,100+ theaters, Captain Marvel starring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson is expected to turn a disappointing box office year around by pulling in at least $130 million.

Box Office Top 10: March 1-3, 2019

  1. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – $30,046,000
  2. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral – $27,050,000
  3. Alita: Battle Angel – $7,000,000
  4. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – $6,615,000
  5. Green Book – $4,711,000
  6. Fighting with My Family – $4,691,000
  7. Isn’t it Romantic – $4,645,000
  8. Greta – $4,585,000
  9. What Men Want – $2,700,000
  10. Happy Death Day 2U – $2,516,000

The How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World Plot:

“From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.”