Box Office: 'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Roars to $30M; 'Madea Family Funeral' Strong No. 2 With $27M
Elsewhere, 'Greta' struggles in its launch, while 'Apollo 11' blasts off to impressive numbers and 'Green Book' enjoys a big post-Oscars bump.
Parting is such sweet sorrow, and it was sweet indeed for Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral at the weekend box office.
The final installment in the 15-year-old franchise opened to $27 million, ahead of expectations and the biggest launch for the series in a decade. Madea Family Funeral also marks the end of Perry's long partnership with Lionsgate that has generated more than $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales, including more than $500 million for the 11 Madea films.
In the latest film — which Perry directed, produced and stars in — a joyous family reunion turns into a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia and unexpectedly have to plan a funeral, which threatens to reveal sordid family secrets. Cassi Davis and Patrice Lovely also star.
Family Funeral marks third-best start for any title in the franchise behind Madea Goes to Jail in 2009 ($41 million) and Madea's Family Reunion in 2006 ($30 million), not adjusted for inflation.
Madea Family Funeral skewed female (61 percent), while African-Americans made up 50 percent of the audience, according to PostTrack.
While Madea prospered, it wasn't able to wrest the box office crown from DreamWorks Animation and Universal's holdover How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, which earned another $30 million in its second weekend after traffic surged on Saturday. The domestic total for the sequel stands at $97.9 million.
How to Train Your Dragon 3 also won the race overseas with another $52 million from 61 markets for a foreign cume of $277.7 million and $375.4 million globally. The family movie opened to $33.4 million in China, where it both toppled Alita: Battle Angel and scored the second-best start for either a DWA title or animated pic from Universal.
The James Cameron-produced Alita came in third in North America with another $7 million for a domestic total of $72.2 million. Internationally, the big-budget Fox tentpole took in another $40.4 million for a foreign cume of $278.2 million and $350.4 million worldwide. In China, Alita's total is $112.1 million. Fox insiders maintain the pic has reached its break-even threshold, but outside analysts say it needs to earn $400 million or more to come out in the black.
Warner Bros.' The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part came in No. 4 domestically with another $6.6 million for a domestic tally of $91.7 million and a disappointing $152.8 million worldwide.
Buoyed by its Oscar win for best picture, Green Book moved up to No. 5 with another $4.7 million for a North American total of $75.9 million. Overseas, the bump was even more pronounced: The Amblin and Participant dramedy took in another $31.9 million — including an impressive China bow of $17.1 million — for a foreign cume of $112.1 million and $188 million globally.
The post-Oscar glow also shone on A Star Is Born, which was rereleased Friday with 12 minutes of additional footage following Lady Gaga's win for best original song for "Shallow." The film earned another $1.9 million for a domestic total of $212.9 million. Ditto for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which claimed the Oscar for best animated feature. The pic earned another $2.1 million for the weekend as it swung to $187.4 million domestically.
Dwayne Johnson and MGM's wrestling biopic Fighting With My Family was close behind Green Book in the U.S. with another $4.69 million for a domestic tally of $14.9 million. In the U.K. — the home country of the film's subject, Paige — Fighting With My Family debuted at No. 1 with a promising $2.6 million for MGM and local partner Lionsgate UK.
Neil Jordan and Focus Features' thriller Greta, starring Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz and Maika Monroe, launched with a muted $4.58 million. Greta revolves around a young New York City restaurant hostess whose chance meeting with an older French woman has unforeseen — and creepy — consequences for herself and her roommate.
Among more specialized offerings, 2019 Sundance Film Festival documentary Apollo 11 launched in 120 Imax theaters with a strong $1.7 million. The Neon and CNN Films doc, directed by Todd Douglas Miller, features never-before-seen film footage of NASA’s historic mission to land a man on the moon. Apollo 11 currently sports a rare 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.
French filmmaker Gasper Noe's psychological horror film Climax is reporting the top location average of the weekend, $24,331, upon opening in five locations. A24 is handling the film in the U.S.