"How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" topped the North American box office for a second week, but close on its tail was Tyler Perry's final installment of the "Madea" franchise. Driven by a largely female audience, "A Madea Family Funeral" had a better-than-expected debut.
The third installment in the "How To Train Your Dragon" series grossed an estimated $30 million this weekend, according to Universal Pictures on Sunday, bringing its domestic total just shy of $100 million. Worldwide, the DreamWorks Animation film has made over $375 million.
"A Madea Family Funeral" took second place at the domestic box office with an estimated $27 million. The "Madea" films have never been all that popular with critics — this one splattered out with a 24 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — but audiences have never seemed to care. This time around the audience, which was 67 percent female and 78 percent over the age of 25, gave the film a solid A- CinemaScore.
"That character just resonates," said Comscore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "These films are absolutely critic proof. The audience has spoken and they love Madea and they're saying goodbye."
Further down the charts, the Neil Jordan stalker-thriller "Greta," starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz, opened in eighth place to a mediocre $4.6 million.
Many people, however, used this weekend to catch-up with the big winners at the Oscars, which took place last Sunday. Best-picture winner "Green Book" got the biggest post-Oscars bump, adding $4.71 million over the weekend from theaters. To date, "Green Book" has earned $75.2 million in North America and $188 million worldwide.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday.
1. "How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World," $30 million.
2. Tyler Perry's "A Madea Family Funeral," $27 million.
3. "Alita: Battle Angel," $7 million.
4. "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part," $6.6 million.
5. "Green Book," $4.7 million.
6. "Fighting With My Family," $4.7 million.
7. "Isn't It Romantic," $4.6 million.
8. "Greta," $4.6 million.
9. "What Men Want," $2.7 million.
10. "Happy Death Day 2U," $2.5 million.