After starting its international roll out earlier this month, Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World made its way to North America this past weekend, where it delivered a franchise-best opening of $58 million including previews.
“We’ve been eagerly awaiting our first DreamWorks Animation release, and it’s great to celebrate this milestone with a No. 1 opening,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s head of domestic distribution. “Director Dean DeBlois has delivered a stunning film for a franchise that’s truly beloved.”
The Hidden World – the final chapter in the acclaimed animated trilogy – now has the biggest domestic opening of the year so far, topping M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass – although with Captain Marvel just around the corner, that record isn’t going to stand for long.
Having grossed $216.9 million internationally, How to Train Your Dragon 3 has currently grossed $274.9 million worldwide. The first movie made $494.9 million back in 2010, while How to Train Your Dragon 2 earned $621.5 million.
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.