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Box Office Report: Praise Be, Awards Season is Over!

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | February 24, 2019 |

By Kayleigh Donaldson | Film | February 24, 2019 |

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The truth is that awards season never ends. It is a year long commitment and we shall never truly be free of it. But this has been an especially exhausting past few months in Oscar land, so having it come to an end, regardless of how awful or underwhelming the winners themselves are, is just a relief. So, before we see the inevitable flourish of ‘who’s the 2020 front-runner’ (hoo-boy, is there a phrase that strikes fear into one’s heart in a non-movie way?), let’s check out what people watched this past weekend.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World opened with an impressive $55.5m domestic opening weekend, which is the largest debut of the year so far as well as a franchise best for Dreamworks Animation. It will be interesting to see if this film can play the long game in terms of box office given that its competition is about to get a hell of a lot tougher in the coming weeks. The only thing it had to fend off this weekend was Alita: Battle Angel, and it wasn’t a close fight by any means. That film fell 57.9% from its opening weekend and brought in around $12m, bringing its domestic total gross to just under $61m. It’s actually going okay internationally, with a worldwide gross of $263.3m so far. About $62m of that is from its opening weekend in China, so it’s clear to see where Fox hoped this movie would play well. It remains to be seen if it can become the mega hit the studio needs it to be in order to justify that estimated $170m budget.

Climbing 36 spots to number 4 is Fighting with My Family, the biopic of WWE wrestler Paige. It expanded to an extra 2700 theatres and saw its gross jump an amazing 5673%, bringing in just over $8m in its second weekend of release. Isn’t It Romantic has made about $33.7m in two weeks of domestic release, which is pretty good for a mid-budget rom-com. However, it still feels like a very smart move from Warner Bros. to make its international release a Netflix exclusive. It’s made its budget back and the chances are it’ll do way better as a Friday night couch movie for its intended audience.

I’d never heard of Run the Race, which debuted at number 10 with $2.37m from only 853 theatres. Turns out it’s a faith based movie and that Tim Tebow guy I only know about through Twitter memes is the executive producer. The more you know.

For those of you curious about the Oscars and its box office impact, here are some fun numbers. The highest grossing Best Picture nominee this year is, obviously, Black Panther, with $1.346bn worldwide. Then it’s Bohemian Rhapsody, with $860.8m, followed by A Star is Born, with $424.4m. Not counting Roma for Netflix reasons, the lowest grossing of the eight films is Vice, with $63.7m.

This week sees the release of Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral and Greta, starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert.

you can check out the rest of the weekend box office here.

What films did you watch this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

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Kayleigh is a features writer for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter or listen to her podcast, The Hollywood Read.

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