How to Train Your Dragon 3 Buries Madea’s Family Funeral

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The Hidden World was anything but hidden in its second weekend of business. The last chapter in the How to Train Your Dragon series experienced nary a hiccup as Toothless (the dragon) took home its second box-office win in a row.

It did so by edging another franchise making its final curtain call. And while Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral might’ve boasted some flying false teeth, it wasn’t enough to harness the still soaring Toothless. Dragon collected just a sliver over $30 million, according to early estimates, while Madea stuffed $27 million into her box-office casket. But weep not for Tyler Perry’s dearly departed mad black woman: Madea’s obituary will read that she made more than a half-billion dollars for his/her creator over the course of the character’s nine films. And, of course, that tally will increase over the next few weeks. A Family Funeral isn’t dead yet.

The box office saw a big drop-off after the weekend’s big two. Alita: Battle Angel finished third with a mere $7 million. But that paltry figure comes with an important asterisk. After many predicted that the film would be the year’s first cataclysmic bomb, Alita has earned a halfway respectable $72.2 million in North America—and about four times that much overseas. Alita has earned $350.5 million overall, or twice the estimated $170 million that its makers spent creating it. We may see a sequel yet.

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part snapped into fourth place with $6.6 million, which brought its overall take to about $91.7 million.

Green Book, which won an Oscar for Best Picture last weekend, reaped the rewards of its controversial victory. The historical drama checked into fifth place with $4.7 million, a 121% increase over what the film did the weekend before.

Other Oscar winners took advantage of the slow box office, too. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse—winner of not only Best Animated Feature Oscar, but a Plugged In Movie Award,  too—earned $2.1 million, or nearly 140% more than it did last weekend. And while A Star is Born might’ve underperformed at the Academy Awards, it saw a weekend-over-weekend increase of nearly 210%. It finished the weekend with $1.9 million, pushing its overall domestic earnings to $212.9 million.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Anonymous 6 months ago
Everyone really needs to go see A Madea Family Funeral. You'll be laughing your head off at how funny it is, plus you'll get some nice messages about infidelity and never keeping secrets from family.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I'm good but thank you.
Anonymous 7 months ago
@David the Clown
Since I know you like Horror movie stuff, what do you think about the new Brightburn trailer? I'm liking the look of it so far. It kind of reminds me of A Quiet Place.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 6 months ago
Oh hahahaha. My apologies. I just saw this post.

So yeah, I think Brightburn looks fantastic. Definitely one that I am looking forward to. James Gunn's last horror movie, The Belko Experiment, (I don't think he directed, only wrote) was superb, so I am expecting the same for this one. 
I'm also hoping that the IT part 2 trailer will come out soon as well. From what I hear, it is going to be one of the more disturbing mainstream horror films to date.
-David the Clown 
Anonymous 6 months ago
Yes! I have heard one of the actors saying that there is a scene with the most blood in film history. Which would be disturbing...

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Anonymous 6 months ago
Being somewhat of a horror movie nerd, so to speak, I have a hard time believing that it is the most bloody scene in horror movie history. Not when you take into account films such as the SAW saga or The Descent. So I am curious. The first film was a bit of a letdown for me. 
It had the same issues as the 1990's version, namely, it suffered from an overuse of special effects.
-David the Clown

Pet Semetery is another upcoming horror film that I think could be interesting. I only saw part of the original, and wasn't impressed. But the trailers make this one seem like it's going to be quite terrifying 
Anonymous 6 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Hey David! A small change of subject, but since you own an Xbox One, what do you think about the upcoming game Man of Medan? I'm not a fan of how messy horror games (or movies) tend to be, but I do love the "Choose your Fate" genre of video games. (RIP TellTale)
Anonymous 6 months ago
@First Comment Guy.

I've actually never heard of that particular title. I'll look it up.
Although I do enjoy horror movies, I don't care for the games. I don't find them enjoyable. My favorite aspect of gaming is the ability to play with other people, and oftentimes, horror games are solo campaigns. 
I pretty much just play Gears of War 4, and have made quite a few friends on there, many of whom are from other countries. 

On the subject of games, I'm personally hoping to get a ton of new info on Gears 5 during E3 this year, and hopefully the beta will come out soon after.
-David the Clown
Anonymous 6 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Yeah I get that. Me personally, I’m mostly into single player narrative/story driven games that give me an engaging story and fun gameplay, but multiplayer does have its ups to.

I wouldn’t count Man of Medan out as a single player only game yet though. Supermassive’s last “choose your fate” game (Hidden Agenda) was multiplayer, and the trailer for Man of Medan did say “Don’t play alone,” so it may be a multiplayer experience just yet.

This E3, I’m most excited for some news on Jedi: Fallen Order. My excitement for Star Wars related stuff is waning (The Last Jedi and Solo both left me underwhelmed, and EA isn’t doing Star Wars any favors right now), but I’m hoping that Fallen Order provides a great gaming experience.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Man of Medan looks interesting. Not sure if it's something I would play though. I've played through some of The Evil Within, and I wasn't a big fan of it, and this looks similar. But I think a MP mode could make it stand out.
I've never been a big Star Wars fan myself, but I do still enjoy the original trilogy. They are very nostalgic.
My brothers like to play the Battlefront games. I tried, but I just couldn't get the movement down.

Forgive me if you have already answered this before, but do you have an Xbox as well? Cuz if so, we could party chat
-David the Clown
Anonymous 6 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I wish! But no, right now I only have a PS4. If I ever do pick up an Xbox One, it’ll be to play Halo and Sonic Generations via backwards compatibility (an area where the PS4 is severely lacking).

I’ve played Star Wars Battlefront II (the 2005 one by Pandemic, not the modern ones by EA), and it’s probably my favorite Star Wars game. Really fun even for the single player crowd.

I almost forgot that come E3 I’m also excited to see more from Ghost of Tsushima. Depending on the game’s rating, I’m very much looking forward to it!
Anonymous 7 months ago
A Madea Family Funeral was the best Madea movie yet, simply hilarious from start to finish, with lots of surprises and secrets to go around. Up until now the only Madea movies I really loved were Christmas, Witness Protection, Big Happy Family, and I Can Do Bad All By Myself, but Family Funeral surpasses them all. I had a blast seeing my first ever Tyler Perry movie on the big screen, and I hope it becomes the biggest-selling one yet.
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Anonymous 7 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sRS1dwCotw
Anonymous 7 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9Deg7VrpHbM
Anonymous 7 months ago
5th comment. I want a participation trophy!-
The Duke of Popcorn
Anonymous 7 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Wanted to see Green Book last night, but it was playing too late, so I decided to settle for seeing The LEGO Movie 2 again because 

1). I really loved it when I first saw it, and
2). It’s not doing so well (even though it really should

Strangely enough, I didn’t have as much fun rewatching it as I thought I would. Maybe part of it was that I knew the twists and turns of the movie, but I think a part that definitely played a part in my dissatisfaction was the lack of people in the theater (I was 1 of only 2 people in the room). For me, a large part of the fun of going to the theaters is the experience and the atmosphere. I love going to the theaters to see a film that I’ve been counting down he days to go see, sitting in the dark with a bunch of strangers, and watching a film on a big screen with a big tub of popcorn in my lap. And sitting almost alone in an empty room just wasn’t as fun as it sounds.

Aw well, I just have to wait for Captain Marvel to come out now. April 5th can’t come soon enough!
Miss Priss 7 months ago
Captain Marvel comes out in March. The only movie coming out on April 5th is Shazam. :)
Anonymous 7 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Shazam was originally called Captain Marvel, before Marvel comics made their own Captain Marvel. (Definitely a story worth looking into)
Anonymous 7 months ago
@First Comment Guy and  @Miss Priss 
Definitely an Interesting read. I read about it in the introduction for the Marvel Masterworks for Captain Marvel. 

It was interesting how careful Marvel had to be to use the name! 

I hope Shazam is just as fun and entertaining as Aquaman. I think the MCU needs so good competition, not the lame boring stuff DC was putting out. But as a comic book fan. We are in the golden age.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse

Side Note:
It's really sad to think about, but after Spider-Man: Far From Home there isn't going to be another MCU film for at least a year because there isn't a film in production right now!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

We truly are living in a golden age of superhero cinema, and I for one love it!!

I wouldn't be too concerned about Marvel's future. They do have films planned out until 2028 after all.

Speaking about DC Films, just for fun, let's play a game of what if and ask ourselves:
"What if Batman Begins was DC's Iron Man and kickstarted a cinematic universe for DC?"
Anonymous 7 months ago
@First Comment Guy
Then DC would have a better cinematic universe for sure! That trilogy of films is one of the best there is! It would have been neat if that is where they started setting up a justice league film. 

And yeah I know they have films planned out all the way until then, but it is pretty crazy how we've (at least I have) gotten used to a new MCU film every six months. Now after Spider-Man, it will be 1+ years! Too bad they fired James Gunn, we might have gotten Guardians 3 next year...

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 7 months ago
The new trailer was amazing! Looking forward to having a new MCU film on Friday to watch even though I hate the actor of the protagonist. Looking forward to Ronin, Skrulls, Kree, Nick Fury, and Son of Coul.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 7 months ago
@First Comment Guy
Since you are a big Warner Bros fan, what do you think about them delaying Sherlock Holmes 3 again?

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 6 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

I wasn't aware! I haven't seen any of the Sherlock Holmes movies, but it does seem odd WB keeps delaying the film. The last thing that should happen to Sherlock 3 is for too much time to pass between the last movie and for people to loose interest in the next movie (which I think is part of the reason Lego 2 is underperforming).
Anonymous 7 months ago
First Comment!

Also, I was laughing at the title so hard! Nice job @AsayPaul!

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 7 months ago
I'm glad Spider-Man: ITSV did well this weekend! It's pretty crazy it got $2.1 million on a weekend about 2 months after the film came out. I plan to buy the blu-ray when it comes out.

I do wish Lego Movie 2 was doing better though. It was a good film! Not as good as the original, but pretty good for a sequel. I still have "This song's gonna get stuck inside your head" stuck in my head.

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