How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, which earned another $38.2 million from 46 markets for an early foreign cume of $138.7 million. How to Train Your Dragon 3 opens Feb. 22 in North America.
The James Cameron-produced Alita: Battle Angel wasn’t far behind Dragon as it debuted in its first 11 markets, grossing a stellar $32 million, including $10.9 million in South Korea. Fox is set to open the $200 million tentpole in the U.S. on Thursday in advance of the long Presidents Day weekend, when it will vie with Lego Movie 2 for fanboys and families.
The downturn at the 2019 box office continued over the weekend as The Lego Movie 2 failed to click with audiences in a major way, while Liam Neeson’s latest action pic Cold Pursuit was iced.
Lego Movie 2 topped the chart with $35 million from 4,303 theaters, but it was a hollow victory.
Warner Bros. — as well as the major tracking services — had expected the family-friendly sequel to assemble $50 million to $55 million in its domestic launch. But as box office returns came in over the weekend, it became apparent that a bad case of franchise fatigue has infected the toy turned movie series.