DreamWorks Animation announced today that How to Train Your Dragon 2 crossed the $600 million mark on Labor Day, while the third installment has been pushed back a year.
A record-breaking opening in China coupled with 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. Through Monday, How to Train Your Dragon 2 has grossed $174 million domestically and $426 million in international markets.
The company also announced that How to Train Your Dragon 3, which was facing Finding Dory and The Nice Guys on June 17, 2016, has been pushed back to a June 9, 2017 release. It has that date to itself for now, although right before it comes the second LEGO Movie on May 26 and a week after another Pixar movie is scheduled.
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. Returning cast includes Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, America Ferrera as Astrid and Cate Blanchett as Valka.