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Dreamworks celebrated a successful Labor Day weekend by announcing that How To Train Your Dragon 2 had crossed the $600 million mark at the global box office, making it one of the highest-grossing films of the year and the top-earning animated film of 2014.
Unfortunately, that celebration was cut short as the studio also announced that the third film in the franchise, which was expected to hit theaters on June 17th, 2016 has been delayed a whole year to June 9th, 2017.
The studio was mum about its reasoning for the delay, though the fact that Httyd 3 was sharing a release date with Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory surely played a part. The How To Train Your Dragon franchise may be one of the biggest tentpoles at Dreamworks’ disposal, but Httyd 2‘s $600 million box office take doesn’t quite hold a candle to Finding Nemo‘s $936 million, meaning that Toothless and Hiccup besting Dory »
- James Garcia
DreamWorks and Fox, which handles distribution of the DreamWorks toons, made the announcement while disclosing that “How to Train Your Dragon 2″ had crossed the $600 million worldwide mark on Labor Day — making it the highest grossing animated film of the year.
The “Dragon” sequel took in $174 million in the U.S. and $426 million more internationally.
DreamWorks said the third film will come from the same creative team as the first two films, with writer-director Dean DeBlois and producer Bonnie Arnold aboard. Returning voice cast includes Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, America Ferrera as Astrid and Cate Blanchett as Valka.
“How to Train Your Dragon 3″ is the first film to be dated for that weekend.
- Dave McNary
DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 continues to breathe fire into the global box office as it officially crossed the $600,000,000 mark on Labor Day. A record-breaking opening in China coupled with phenomenal success in territories around the world have catapulted Dragon 2 to become the highest grossing animated film of the year and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.
On the heels of the success of their latest epic adventure, Hiccup and Toothless have plans to soar across the big screen once again with the announcement of the third chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon series shifting to a June 9, 2017 release date.
From the same creative team as the first two films, writer/director Dean DeBlois and producer Bonnie Arnold, How To Train Your Dragon 3 continues the story where the sequel leaves off (sorry folks, no »
- Michelle McCue
Bad news, dragon fans: Toothless aficionados everywhere will have to be patient for an extra 12 months, as DreamWorks Animation has decided to shift the third entry in the How To Train Your Dragon franchise to 2017.The second film arrived earlier this year, and despite some worries that it didn’t perform quite as well in the States as the first – $174 million so far, compared to the original’s $277.2 million Us haul – the international figures have been much more favourable, with the sequel totalling $598.8 million plus globally compared to $494.8 million.No reason for the shift has been given, but we do know that writer/director Dean DeBlois and producer Bonnie Arnold remain firmly attached. Presumably, the request for more time came from within, and we all know we want the third movie to look and feel as spectacular as the first two.So we’ll have to wait a little longer »
Following today's news that Warner Bros. has given a June 17, 2016 release date to The Nice Guys, DreamWorks Animation has moved How to Train Your Dragon 3 from that date to June 9, 2017, while confirming voice cast members Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera and Cate Blanchett. The animated comedy sequel currently has its new release date all to itself, for the moment. Take a look at DreamWorks Animation's official announcement below, which includes the news that this year's How to Train Your Dragon 2 has crossed the $600 million milestone at the global box office.
DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 continues to breathe fire into the global box office as it officially crossed the $600,000,000 mark on Labor Day. A record-breaking opening in China coupled with phenomenal success in territories around the world have catapulted Dragon 2 to become the highest grossing animated film of the year and one of the top »
Originally slated for a June 17th 2016 release opposite Pixar's "Finding Dory" and the just locked down Shane Black film "The Nice Guys," it will now open June 9th 2017 - two weeks after the release of "The Lego Movie" sequel.
The second film crossed the $600 million worldwide box-office mark on Labor Day, helped by a record-breaking opening in China and international grosses of $426 million which have proven better than the soft $174 million domestic haul.
That second film is currently the highest-grossing animated film of the year and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.
- Garth Franklin
Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014's highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.
The thrilling second chapter of the epic How to Train Your Dragon trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks Animation's critically acclaimed How to Train Your Dragon 2 on Digital HD October 21 and on Blu-ray and DVD November 11.
How to Train Your Dragon 2, the next chapter to the Academy Award nominated film released in 2010, is "sensational...an instant animated classic, »
One of the best animated films in the Summer is coming home to blu-ray this November, 20th Century Fox has just revealed. If you loved How to Train Your Dragon 2 (which it seems just about everyone did), and have been anxiously awaiting your chance to see it again, now you know when to makr your calendars. Come inside to find out when you can own this movie and what special features will be included!
Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014’s highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.
The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
FX has given a series order to "Baskets," a new comedy from the creative all-star team of Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel. But don't get too invested in "Baskets," because its premiere is a mighty long way away. Seemingly the "Shakes the Clown" for the 21st Century, "Baskets" focuses on a Bakersfield, California resident named Chip Baskets (Galifianakis), who dreams of becoming a professional clown. When things go wrong at a prestigious French clowning academy, he's forced to make ends meet as a rodeo clown, while never giving up his true lofty aspirations. "Baskets" will begin production next year, but the 10-episode first season won't premiere until 2016. "Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K. and Jonathan Krisel have created an absolutely brilliant show," blurbs Eric Schrier, half of FX's two-headed President of Original Programming team with Nick Grad. "To say Zach’s portrayal of the lead character Chip Baskets is hilarious »
- Daniel Fienberg
Confession: I think Nicolas Cage is a great actor. And not just because of Oscar-quality performances like those in Adaptation and Leaving Las Vegas. No, the movie that introduced me to Cage’s gifts was National Treasure. And while Cage did return to the big screen for a sequel, the series deserves to become an even bigger franchise.
The National Treasure movies were made in the wake of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, an immensely popular, thrilling, if not particularly well-written novel about conspiracy theories and mini-art history lessons. National Treasure is the American Da Vinci Code—and »
- Jacob Shamsian
For a comedy about a grown man in a dog costume, FX/X’s Wilfred has surprisingly evolved into one of the darkest shows of our time — and Wednesday’s two-part series finale proved to be its most twisted hour yet.
Related Video: Wilfred Draws the Line With Ryan in Series Finale
Despite his lung cancer’s rapid progression, Wilfred began the hour in high spirits as his “Godly mission” to help Ryan find happiness had finally been achieved. But a surprise visit from Jenna’s ex threatened to ruin everything, sending Wilfred into a tailspin during his final days, »
Filmmaker Michael Dowse hasn't exactly broken out in the United States, although in his home country of Canada, he's known for a couple of cult favorites like the two "Fubar" movies and the hockey comedy Goon, starring Seann William Scott and Jay Baruchel. Neither of those movies could possibly prepare his fans for his decision to direct What If, a comedy that looks at the relationship between two young people whose situation forces one of them into "the friend zone." »
You can lead a dog to his bowl, but can you make him eat its healthy contents?
In the first of the show’s final back-to-back episodes, Ryan struggles to remain hopeful as he faces a difficult challenge, while the second installment finds him finally learning the truth about his wisecracking canine companion.
But first, he needs to help an ailing Wilfred get better. Will raw food help the medicine go down? »
The luxurious banquet hall in Toronto’s Royal York hotel was electric with excitement as Tiff senior programmers including Steve Gravestock and Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo announced the robust lineup of Canadian films (several world preems) at this year’s Tiff plus the 40+ short titles (out of an astounding 840 short films — an increase of over 200 titles from last year) that will screen at the prestigious festival. With features populating almost every section at the fest, among the headliner items from English Canada, Cairo Time‘s Ruba Nadda returns to the fest with October Gale, while also world preeming is Bang Bang Baby — Jeffrey St. Jules marks his feature film debut with a film that is equal parts Rocky Horror Picture Show and early Cronenberg. Starring Jane Levy of the recent About Alex, it revolves around a small-town teenager in the ’60s whose dream of becoming a famous singer is dashed »
- Leora Heilbronn
Stoner comedy Don Peyote tells the story Warren Allman, an unemployed graphic novelist who finally finds a purpose in life after an unpleasant encounter with a homeless man preaching the end is near. Fueled by vivid apocalyptic dreams, Warren becomes obsessed with 2012 doomsday theories and decides to make a documentary on the subject while his fiance is busy planning their wedding.
Seemingly a labour of love for co-writer, co-director and star Dan Fogler, Don Peyote plays out like a wannabe Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, only without any of the style and visual flare of Terry Gilliam. I can certainly see why Fogler would want to produce such a movie – after all the majority of his most famous roles see him playing »
- Phil Wheat
The Wrap has reported that the currently untitled return of director Cameron Crowe (Vanilla Sky, Almost Famous) has been pushed back from it’s original Christmas Day release until the middle of next spring. And while it may seem like a downer, it sounds like Sony, who are distributing the movie, have made the right choice considering the competition it faced in the Us over Christmas.
In the Us, the film was originally set to go head-head-to-head with a glut of wide, and potential hit, films. Disney’s big film for the festive season, an adaptation of musical Into the Woods, starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Emily Blunt and Chris Pine was arguably the biggest obstacle.
Other obsticles included Angelina Jolie-directed Unbroken, cult-comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, which begins it’s limited release on the same day, but will still draw in the crowds. »
- Scott Davis
Sony Pictures has moved its Untitled Cameron Crowe Project from December 25, 2014 to May 29, 2015. Here's what Sony Pictures chairman Jeff Blake had to say about the release date shift, commenting that director Cameron Crowe's movie is tailor-made for a summer release.
"Once we saw the film, we knew that it would make a perfect summer release. The movie is Cameron at his best."
The Untitled Cameron Crowe Project will now go up against Focus Features' Insidious Chapter 3 and Paramount's Monster Trucks on May 29, which is the weekend after the Memorial Day holiday. If it would have stayed in its Christmas Day slot, it would have gone up against Paramount's comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2, the Disney musical Into the Woods, The Weinstein Company's animated adaptation Paddington and the Universal true-story drama Unbroken.
Thanks to "Fargo" and "American Horror Story: Coven," FX had a huge Emmy nomination haul two weeks ago. And with "Fargo" leading the way, the network still has some of the best reviewed shows on TV. However, "Tyrant" and "The Strain" both drew mixed reviews, as did the comedies "Married" and "You Are The Worst." Fxx is still struggling to find an identity as it awaits a massive influx of "Simpsons" repeats. And just last week, FX announced that it would no longer be providing L+Sd ratings for reporters, preferring the fuller picture of Live+3 and Live+7 numbers. So let's just say that FX President John Landgraf will have plenty to talk about on Monday (July 21) morning at the Television Critics Association press tour... Click through and follow along... 9:19 a.m. We were delayed a bit by a couple embargoed released for announcements that are coming in the next five minutes. »
- Daniel Fienberg
I don’t always get out to see movies these days and I’ve missed some this summer that I wanted to see. My Mary and I had a chance to sneak in a film this week and we chose to catch How To Train Your Dragon 2 before it disappeared from the movie theaters. We had seen the first one and I had been impressed: good story, good animation, and a sense of things having consequences.
I liked the sequel even more.
I should note that sequels can be notoriously difficult to pull off well. You’ve already told your story. What else do you have and, if it’s any good, why didn’t you tell it first? Mind you, there are notable exceptions to the rule. Godfather II is not only better than the first film, it’s often described as one of the best films of all time. »
- John Ostrander
How to Train Your Dragon 2, 2014.
Directed by Dean DeBlois.
When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.
My brain needed a night’s sleep to make the connection and allow me to figure out what HTTYD2 reminded me of. But this morning it clicked.
That’s a rather lofty comparison I’m aware, but whilst this DreamWorks sequel doesn’t hit those heights it does a great job in the same way Empire did. Not only does it give us more of Hiccup and Toothless in an entertaining way, but it »
- Chris Cooper
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