DreamWorks Animation’s first theatrical release during its second Universal era, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, landed on tracking this morning with a $40M-$45M stateside opening projection; solid with moms and dads. The movie opens on Feb. 22 and its only competition is MGM’s wide expansion of the Dwayne Johnson produced Fighting With My Family.
Already, the Dean DeBlois-directed threequel has amassed $41M abroad with big plays in Australia ($14.4M), and solid sales in Brazil ($4.5M) and Indonesia ($4.1M).
Here in the U.S./Canada, industry comps are pegged to Warner Bros. Feb. 8 release The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, which is also expected to do in the mid $40Ms, and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation ($44M opening).
Another previous prolific prequel from DWA, Kung Fu Panda 3, opened to $41.2M back in January 2016 via Fox, and finaled at $143.5M.
In its opening weekend, HT3 drew 57% over 25, playing to an older Pixar-fan crowd and the threequel was female-driven (or mom-driven) at 63%. Under-18 repped 36% of the crowd.
To date, the How to Train Your Dragon franchise counts $1.15B worldwide.
On April 28, 2016, Comcast officially announced that its NBCUniversal division acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion. Prior, DWA had a theatrical release deal with 20th Century Fox which ran from 2013-2017, the last pic under that deal being Captain Underpants ($23.8M opening, $73.9M domestic, $125.5M global).
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