International box office preview: 'How To Train Your Dragon 3' flies into UK, Italy, South Korea

Screen | 2/1/2019 | Jeremy Kay
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M Night Shyamalan’s Glass ruled a muted international session in the last frame and will fly past the $100m mark through Buena Vista International, although DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is expected to soar higher at the weekend.

Genre trilogy finale Glass starring James McAvoy, Samuel Jackson and Bruce Willis has reached $97m but with no new territories to exploit it will likely cede the crown.

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Universal Pictures International executives are stepping up on How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World which until now has earned $45.1m through a staggered roll-out. The family animation gets serious this weekend with launches in 24 territories led by the UK, where the second film in the series opened on $13.3m five years ago en route to $41.5m.

The other debuts to watch take place in Italy, where the predecessor opened on $2.4m and finished on $10.7m, and South Korea, which delivered $6.1m in opening weekend and grossed $22.6m. The Hidden World also arrives in Singapore, Hong Kong, Argentina, and Thailand, all of which delivered strong numbers last time the franchise flew their way.

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Fox International’s runaway hit Bohemian Rhapsody has enjoyed plenty of attention on the way to its $614.2m international perch, although last weekend’s $21.8m debut of Once Upon A Deadpool in China was the distributor’s top earner. A solid hold there will propel the family-friendly version of the comic-book adaptation starring Ryan Reynolds well past $450m, a number that includes the earlier box office of its R-rated inspiration, Deadpool 2.

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