The Final "How To Train Your Dragon" Film Has Best Debut Of The Series

The Final "How To Train Your Dragon" Film Has Best Debut Of The Series
The $55 million debut is not only the best debut of the series but the best domestic debut of 2019 so far.

Taking the No. 1 spot this week is "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" — the third and final film in the 'How to Train Your Dragon' franchise. The series finale brought in a better than expected $55.5 million its domestic silver screen debut. That's the best domestic debut of the franchise. 

The original "How to Train Your Dragon" film premiered in 2010 followed by "How to Train Your Dragon 2" in 2014. Both films had solid domestic debuts but made the majority of their money at the foreign box office. Together they grossed more than a billion dollars in worldwide ticket sales. 

But what may be most impressive about this Dreamworks trilogy is the quality of all three films. Every film in the franchise has maintained a rating of 90% or better on Rotten Tomatoes. This series has been a film critic favorite since it's premiere nine years ago. 

Falling to No. 2 this week is "Alita: Battle Angel" bringing in an estimated $12 million in its second week out. That's a smaller sophomore weekend than James Cameron and company were hoping for but there is some good news. 

Chinese moviegoers may be able to save the day. "Alita: Battle Angel" managed a solid $68 million debut this weekend in China — more than double Alita's domestic debut last weekend. 

And last but not least this week is "The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part" bringing in an estimated $10 million and pushing its worldwide total past $136 million. 

As for next week, Tyler Perry retires Madea from the silver screen and in semi-related news I've never been this excited for a funeral in my life.