‘Madea’ over-performs at box office; ‘Green Book’ surges

Tyler Perry attends a special screening of Tyler Perry's "A Madea Family Funeral" at the SVA Theatre on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in New York. (AP)

LOS ANGELES — Tyler Perry’s final Madea release was not enough to unseat Universal’s “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy-ender at the box office over the weekend.

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” kept the top spot after two weekends in theaters, adding $30 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

Lionsgate’s “A Madea Family Funeral” opened at No. 2 with $27.1 million, above analyst predictions of $18 million to $20 million. It earned a 24 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. “Madea,” however, on 1,800 fewer screens, had the higher average, $11,077, to “Dragon’s” $7,010.

The finale in the long-running series, “A Madea Family Funeral” is Perry’s biggest opening since 2010’s “Why Did I Get Married Too?’s” $29 million. The previous year, “Madea Goes to Jail” debuted with $41 million, his highest opening.

Perry’s Lionsgate deal kicked off with 2005’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” which grossed $50 million despite having a micro budget. “A Madea Family Funeral” is the 11th theatrical film to feature Perry as Madea over 14 years. The movies have grossed more than $500 million to date.

At No. 3, Fox’s “Alita: Battle Angel” added $7 million in its third weekend.

At No. 4, Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” added $6.6 million in its fourth weekend.

The Oscar best picture, Universal’s “Green Book,” crept back into the top five, adding 1,388 locations (the largest increase a best picture nominee has ever received the weekend after the ceremony) and $4.7 million.

Other Oscar winners with notable bumps include Sony’s animated feature “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” with $2.1 million, and Warner Bros.’ “A Star Is Born,” with $1.8 million.

Also new over the weekend, Focus Features’ “Greta” debuted at No. 8 with $4.6 million, just below analyst predictions of a soft $5 million opening. The dark mystery stars Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz as a pair of New York transplants who bond over a sense of loneliness. It earned a 58 percent “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Neon opened “Apollo 11” in a limited IMAX release with $1.6 million. The documentary opens in traditional theaters this week.