Weekend Box Office Report
After a string of disappointing tentpole openings, we finally have our first bonafide hit of 2019 in "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World," which opened with a stellar $55,022,245. That number easily surpasses the openings of the first two movies of the franchise, which opened at $44M and $49M respectively. The U.S. is actually one of the later territories to get "How to Train your Dragon 3," and the movie has now already earned nearly $300M worldwide and is currently the top worldwide grosser of 2019. In terms of domestic grosses, "Glass" is currently No. 1 with $108M grossed. "How to Train Your Dragon 3" should easily surpass "Glass" before what will likely be our first nine-figure opening of the year, "Captain Marvel."
Death of a Season
Awards Season ended this week (and good riddance I say) not with a bang, but a whimper. With strong projections but punitive pricing, over half of FML agreed that "How to Train Your Dragon 3" was your anchor this weekend, but many sought their BP pick from elsewhere. The popular picks proved to be "Happy Death Day 2U," "Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse," and "Cold Pursuit," with 640 FMLers opting for "Happy Death Day 2U" to make up the majority of the Most Played Cineplex. And, like seemingly a lot of the back half of Awards Season, the crowd was wise indeed. "Happy Death Day 2U" grossed $4,888,785, which was good for $84,289/Bux and a BP win over "How to Train Your Dragon 3." Well done to the MPC screeners of "How to Train Your Dragon 3" x1/"Happy Death Day 2U" x5/"Glass" x1/"Spiderverse" x1, which grossed $97,121,155 after including $15M in bonuses.
A few more notes from the box office this weekend…
"Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" ended its domestic run at $160M (and $650M worldwide). That makes it the first movie in the "Wizarding World" franchise to not reach $200M. With the series allegedly having three more films to go, it's safe to wonder if they're still worth the production. As long as the worldwide grosses keep rolling in, things should remain on course.
"Widows" closed this weekend with a final domestic gross of $42M. It failed to outgross Steve McQueen's 2013 Best Picture winner, "12 Years a Slave," which grossed $57M domestic.
Awards Season has wrapped and congrats are in order to Jon's Cineplex (R) for snatching victory in the final weekend off the strength of a PC. Jon finishes about $5M ahead of John Snowden (who, btw… Shouldn't they also be a "Jon" given that it's a play a Jon Snow? But I digress), with perennial FML heavy hitter Exxdee finishing in third place. Well done to all of you.
A Funeral for a Friend
It's the quiet before the storm this weekend, with only two wide releases entering the market. On the smaller side is "Greta," a movie whose legacy will probably be me trying to constantly type its name and then just accidentally typing "Great." More importantly, seasoned FMLers have been tormented for years by Madea. This is her last chance to make FMLers rage quit as Tyler Perry promises to hang up the character for good with "Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral." Set your lineups by Friday Noon Eastern/9 AM Pacific and we'll see you here next week!