'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Looks to End February on a High Note

www.boxofficemojo.com | 2/21/2019 | Staff
The winter box office season is nearing an end, serving as good news for what has been a rather rough start to 2019. Fortunately, before all eyes turn to March and Captain Marvel and Us, it would appear one of the final new wide releases of the season is looking to close things out on a high note as Universal debuts How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, their first DreamWorks Animation release since acquiring the animation studio in 2016 for $3.8 billion. The film is already off to a strong start internationally since releasing overseas seven weeks ago and is now looking to keep the momentum domestically. Also going wide this weekend is MGM's Fighting with My Family, after a limited debut last weekend, and Roadside is debuting Run the Race in moderate release.

At a reported $129 million, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World carries the lightest budget of the three films in the animated franchise, and it looks as if it will see a debut weekend within the vicinity of its two predecessors. Universal is the third studio to release a film in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise with Paramount's original release back in 2010 launching with $43.7 million before going on to gross over $217 million domestically and nearly $495 million worldwide. Fox took over for the sequel in 2014, which didn't live up to its predecessor domestically, debuting with $49.5 million and grossing over $177 million stateside, but the film exploded worldwide with $621.5 million.

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To that point, The Hidden World has already grossed over $181 million internationally from 49 markets, of which it debuted at #1 in 40 of them and delivered the largest openings in the series in 39 of those markets. This weekend it will add nine additional international...
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