HOLLYWOOD—Just as I predicted last week, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” remained in the top spot at the box-office, but it was a close battle. The third chapter in the popular franchise brought in $30 million to edge its domestic box-office gross just mere millions from $100 million. The animated flick did face stiff competition amongst moviegoers as Tyler Perry bid adieu to his popular character Madea in the comedy Tyler Perry’s “A Madea Family Funeral.” The ninth film involving the popular matriarch brought in $27.1 million.
The sci-fi adventure “Alita: Battle Angel” landed in third place with $7 million to bring its domestic tally to just over $72 million. The film while not the biggest success in the U.S., but it has indeed found a stellar audience overseas. Dropping to fourth place was the animated flick “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” with $6.6 million. The sequel should surpass the $100 million mark by the end of the week, but still a disappointment compared to its predecessor.
Rounding out the top five is the dramedy “Green Book” which saw a massive boost after winning the Best Picture Oscar. The movie starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali cracked the top five with $4.7 million. Since its release in November, the Best Picture winner has amounted more than $70 million at the domestic box-office.
Well, it’s time to see if Marvel can strike magic once again. The highly anticipated “Captain Marvel” starring Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson arrives in theaters on Friday. I know it will be number 1; the question is how big of a hit will it be amongst moviegoers?