Universal Pictures‘ release of DreamWorks Animation‘s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World soared to No. 1 at the North American box office exceeding both studio and industry projections with an estimated $55.5 million from 4,259 theaters, an average of $13,038 per theater. Including the $2.5 million from early Fandango previews, the third installment has grossed $58 million domestically. This marks the biggest opening weekend in the How to Train Your Dragon series. The movie received an A CinemaScore from audiences.
Made for $129 million, the film started opening overseas in January and has grossed $216.9 million total internationally, with $34.7 million earned this weekend. The worldwide total is at $274.9 million so far. Again written and directed by Dean DeBlois, The Hidden World features the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Kit Harrington, Craig Ferguson, and F. Murray Abraham.
20th Century Fox’s Alita: Battle Angel added $12 million in second place and has earned $60.7 million domestically after two weeks. The graphic novel adaptation grossed an impressive $92.4 million this weekend from 82 overseas markets, including $62.3 million from China. The international total is now $202.7 million and worldwide sum is $263.4 million. The $170 million-budgeted film was directed by Robert Rodriguez and stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, and Keean Johnson.
In third place, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part (Warner Bros. Pictures) brought in $10 million and has earned $83.6 million after three weeks. Internationally, the sequel generated $10.3 million from 73 markets and is up to $53 million total. The worldwide total is now $136.6 million. The first film, released in 2014, earned $257.8 million in North America and $211.4 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $469.2 million. Directed by Mike Mitchell, The Second Part features the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, and Arturo Castro.
MGM expanded Fighting with My Family into 2,711 theaters, in which the WWE Superstar Paige biopic earned $8 million, good for fourth place. The film has earned $8.2 million total. Written and directed by Stephen Merchant, Fighting with My Family stars Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Jack Lowden, Vince Vaughn, and Dwayne Johnson.
Rounding out the top five was New Line Cinema’s Isn’t It Romantic, which added $7.5 million its second weekend and has collected $33.8 million. Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, the film stars Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, and Priyanka Chopra.