Although it’s already playing in a number of international markets including the UK, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World doesn’t arrive in North America until the back end of the month, but when it does it looks set to enjoy a solid opening weekend.
According to tracking figures from Deadline, the third and final instalment in the animated series is tracking a domestic opening weekend of between $40 and $45 million, where it is expected to fend off competition from the WWE comedy drama Fighting With My Family to claim top spot.
A $45 million opening weekend would put The Hidden World in the same ball park as its predecessors, with the first movie debuting to $43.7 million in 2020 and How to Train Your Dragon 2 opening with $49.5 million in 2014. Together, the two movies grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide.
Going into this weekend, The Hidden World had earned $41 million internationally from 22 markets, and expanded into a further 24 territories yesterday.
From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.
Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is set for release on February 22nd 2019 in the US and features a voice cast that includes Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Kit Harrington, Craig Ferguson and F. Murray Abraham.