Train Your Dragon stays aloft atop North American box office

Cinema still of How To Train Your Dragon 2.
Cinema still of How To Train Your Dragon 2.PHOTO: UIP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World has topped the North American box office for a second straight weekend, losing a bit of altitude but still edging the latest Tyler Perry film, according to industry estimates.

Universal's final installment in the Dragon trilogy is expected to earn US$30 million (S$41 million) for the three-day weekend, down 45 per cent from last weekend but still bringing its North American total earnings to nearly US$100 million, Exhibitor Relations reported Sunday (March 3).

The movie, voiced by Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett and F. Murray Abraham, recounts the tale of young Hiccup and his dragon Toothless as they go in search of a hidden world reputed to be a dragon's utopia.

Lionsgate's release of A Madea Family Funeral marks the end of a highly profitable 15-year Madea franchise, according to producer/director Tyler Perry, one of the highest-earning men in the entertainment world.

Funeral, with Perry again playing the tough, elderly title character, took in an estimated US$27.1 million, pushing the total earnings of all Madea movies past the half-billion-dollar mark, according to the Box Office Mojo website.

In third place, down one spot from last weekend, was Fox's Alita: Battle Angel, at US$7 million. It now has worldwide earnings of US$350 million. The sci-fi fantasy stars Rosa Salazar as a nearly human cyborg who has lost her memory.

 
 

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part from Warner Bros. placed fourth at US$6.6 million. The animated tale about an apocalyptic toyland features the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett.

In fifth place - after the big bounce that only a best-film Oscar can provide - was Universal's Green Book, taking in US$4.7 million in its 16th weekend out. Its total foreign and domestic earnings are just under US$150 million.

The film tells the tale of a celebrated black pianist (played by Mahershala Ali, who won a best-supporting-actor Oscar) and his white driver (Viggo Mortensen, who got a best-actor nomination) as they tour the segregated American South in the 1960s.

Rounding out the weekend's top 10 were: Fighting With My Family (US$4.7 million) Isn't It Romantic (US$4.6 million) Greta (US$4.6 million) What Men Want (US$2.7 million) Happy Death Day 2U (US$2.5 million)