How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Takes First with a Franchise Best
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World debuted in first place this weekend with a $55.5 million debut. That’s the largest debut of the year so far and a franchise best. The second film opened with $49.4 million in 2014. The film also earned $2.5 million from an event by Fandango earlier in the month to bring the domestic earning to a little over $58 million.
The film received an “A” CinemaScore and a 91% score on RottenTomatoes from critics. Men made up 51% of the audience the first film to have a majority male audience. The first two films were 45% and 47%. 39% of the audience was aged 25 or older with the first two films being 51% and 44%.
The film is actually in its seventh weekend in foreign markets and has brought in $216.9 million overseas. Worldwide that’s a total of $275 million off of a $129 million budget.
Dropping to second place was Alita: Battle Angel. The film dropped 58% in its second weekend for a three-day $12 million. So far it has earned $60.7 million domestically. Internationally it debuted in China where it earned $62.2 million of its $92.4 million overseas take for the weekend. That’s $202.7 million internationally for a worldwide total of $263.4 million.
In third place was The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part which earned $10 million to bring its domestic total to $83.6 million. The film earned just $10.3 million from 73 foreign markets. The foreign total is just $53 million for a worldwide total of $136.6 million.
Fighting With My Family expanded its theater count to come in fourth. The film earned $8 million for a domestic total of $8.2 million. It opened in four theaters the previous weekend.
Isn’t It Romantic rounded out the top five with an estimated $7.5 million to bring its domestic total to $33.8 million.
When it comes to comic adaptations…
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dipped a few spots to come in at #15 earning an estimated $865,000. The film has earned $184.9 million domestically. With an Oscar win for “Best Animated Feature,” we’ll see if the movie gets a boost over the next week.
Aquaman continues to be right behind that film coming in at #16 and earning an estimated $765,000 to bring its domestic total to $332.9 million.
We’ll be back in an hour for a deeper dive into this year and last year’s comic adaptations.