DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is still flying high in theaters, setting records for the studio and earning top reviews from fans and critics. The animated-comedy’s $55M opening set a new record for the franchise last weekend, and put “How to Train Your Dragon 3” on the Top 10 list for domestic openings in February.
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” opened with $55M across 4,259 locations. The debut beat the film’s previous record holder, “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which had a $49M opening in June. With Hiccup and Toothless on the list, “The Lego Batman Movie” drops to tenth-place overall with a $53M weekend, and Universal’s “Fifty Shades Darker” dropped off the Top Ten list with its $46.6M debut. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” sits in ninth-place for now, just under “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” with $55.2M.
The latest installment is most likely the final chapter in the story, and DreamWorks Animation should be happy to see the franchise go out on a high note. The dragon franchise has been a consistent hit for the studio, staring with the first installment back in 2010. Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders directed the original, which made over $494.8M worldwide. The sequel released in 2014, it was also directed by Dean DeBlois, and the film made over $621.5M worldwide. DeBlois returned to direct “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” which features the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig, and Kit Harington.
The next milestone that the film will want to pass is the highest-grossing film in the franchise. “How to Train Your Dragon 3” sat with $59.8M at the end of week one domestically, already on its way to breaking the sequel’s $621M record.