It was a tightly run race over the weekend with How To Train Your Dragon 3 and A Madea Family Funeral fighting it out for the top spot. Dreamworks' How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World emerged victorious with $30 million for its second weekend.
The well-received sequel brings the animated franchise to a close, and it looks set to go out on a high note. So far, The Hidden World has generated almost $100 million domestically, and a whopping $280 million internationally. There is still a way to go before it matches the franchise-best $621 million the second movie made back in 2014, but with close to $400 million so far, it still has a fairly good shot.
Another long-running franchise coming to a close landed in second place with Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral taking $27 million. The ninth entry in the Madea franchise is reportedly the last (Perry has said that before), and fans are turning out to bid their farewells. Perry's movies don't tend to be released theatrically outside of the US, but thrifty budgets and speedy shoots (Family Funeral was shot in ten days) means they always turn a tidy profit.
Third place went to Alita: Battle Angel with $7.2 million for its third weekend for a current domestic total of $72.4 million. Director Robert Rodriquez and writer/producer James Cameron's ambitious adaptation continues to struggle to find an audience domestically. However, internationally the film is proving more successful with more than $280 million banked thus far. Alita needs a final worldwide tally north of $500 million to start seeing a profit, at the time of writing Alita has made just over $350 million.
Two recent Oscar-winning films reentered the US top 20 with Best Picture winner Green Book jumping back to sixth place adding $4.5 million to its box office. Meanwhile, Best Animated Film Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse climbed back up the charts to eleventh place. The wildly inventive Spider-Verse already has a sequel in development and arrives on DVD & Blu-ray in April.