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Box Office Report for February 22-24

Welcome back to the weekly box office report! Each Sunday, expect a look at what made the most money in theaters, as well as just how all of the new releases fared. This week, on Oscar weekend, an animated sequel and franchise ender in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World entered the marketplace, hoping to slay all ocompetition and become the box office champion, along with almost no other new releases as competition. How did it do? Let us take a look right now at just that…

The top spot this weekend, unsparingly, went to the third entry in the How to Train Your Dragon series. Yes, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is our new box office champion. That was no surprise whatsoever. Slightly surprising was that it was the best opening for the franchise to date, as it took in an estimated $55.5 million. The trilogy has been a well regarded one, with this being no exception. Look for it to have strong legs and a solid hold in the weeks to come.

Coming in at number two was last week’s champion (if you could call it that) in Alita: Battle Angel. The expensive flop in the making took in another $12 million. Unless things turn around, this is going to be a big financial loser when all is said and done…

Expanding into wide release and hitting fourth place was Fighting with My Family, which acquired just over $8 million in funds. MGM was likely expecting a little bit more, but solid word of mouth could help this one in the weeks to come.

Among indie/smaller debuts, Run the Race came in at number ten with $2.2 million, Total Dhamaal made $950K for 14th place, and The Iron Orchard had a limited bow, making $9K on eight screens.

Here now is what the top ten looked like at the box office for this weekend:

1. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – $55,527,000

2. Alita: Battle Angel – $12,000,000

3. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part – $10,015,000

4. Fighting with My Family – $8,012,000

5. Isn’t It Romantic – $7,510,000

6. What Men Want – $5,200,000

7. Happy Death Day 2U – $4,988,000

8. Cold Pursuit – $3,300,000

9. The Upside – $3,210,000

10. Run the Race – $2,273,050

Beyond the top ten, here’s some further results at the box office:

11. Green Book – $2,088,000

12. Glass – $1,764,000

13. The Prodigy – $1,148,915

14. Total Dhamaal – $950,000

15. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – $865,000

16. Aquaman – $765,000

17. Vice – $731,391

18. A Star Is Born – $700,000

19. Bohemian Rhapsody – $645,000

20. The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2019 – $598,000

21. They Shall Not Grow Old – $550,000

22. The Favourite – $540,000

23. Artic – $522,452

24. Ralph Breaks the Internet – $399,000

25. Everybody Knows – $355,000

Until next weekend!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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