'Train Your Dragon' stays aloft atop N. American box office


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, industry tracker Exhibitor Relations said Monday.

Universal's final installment in the "Dragon" trilogy earned $30 million for the three-day weekend, down 45 percent from last weekend but still bringing its North American total earnings to nearly $100 million.

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 $27.1 million.

In third place was Fox's "Alita: Battle Angel," at $7.2 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 $6.6 million. The animated tale about an apocalyptic toyland features the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett.

In fifth place with $4.7 million was "Fighting With My Family," a semi-serious wrestling comedy starring Florence Pugh as a young woman struggling, along with her family, to make it big in the pro-wrestling world. Dwayne Johnson as The Rock encourages her on her quest.

Rounding out the weekend's top 10 were:

"Green Book" ($4.6 million)

"Isn't It Romantic" ($4.5 million)

"Greta" ($4.5 million)

"What Men Want" ($2.8 million)

"Happy Death Day 2U" ($2.5 million)