The 2019 box office wasn’t off to the best start. Whether it’s due to the weather or just a decreased interest in film, February has been a rather slow month this year, especially in comparison to last year with Black Panther making a record-breaking weekend debut for the month. Fortunately, however, the month ends fairly well as the third and supposedly, final, How to Train Your Dragon movie raked in $55.5 million during opening weekend.
The first film in the franchise opened with about $43.7 million back in 2010 while the second opened in 2014 with $49.4 million its first weekend. The Hidden World has also done well overseas with $216 million from the foreign market since it opened in January. With no real competition at the moment, it is fair to assume that Hiccup and Toothless’ final adventure will be sticking around big time within the box office, at least until competition like Captain Marvel and Wonder Park, arrive in March.
Fortunately for the new Dragons adventure, there wasn’t a whole lot of new competition- what with the Oscars being a big deal- during the end of the month. The only noteworthy contestants failed miserably in this past weekend’s box office. Alita endured a 58% decline in its second weekend with about $12 million, a big disappointment for the $170 million budget to produce the film, and LEGO Movie 2‘s third weekend grossed $10 million which is rather subpar for the popular franchise.