DreamWorks How To Train Your Dragon once again topped the box office chart last week, easily beating out Warner Bros’ comic adaptation The Losers. In light of its success, CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg just announced that the studio plans on producing a sequel. So if you fell in love with Hiccup and Toothless the first time around there’s even more where that came from…
Katzenberg broke the big news while announcing DreamWorks’ First Quarter financial results, which How To Train Your Dragon topped with its box office and merchandising revenue. The film opened on March 26th and has grossed $180 million domestically and approximately $195 million overseas. According to Katzenberg,
“2010 is off to a strong start, thanks in large part to the performance of ‘How to Train Your Dragon,’ which – having grossed nearly $375 million to date in worldwide box office – has become DreamWorks Animation’s next franchise. We plan to release the sequel theatrically in 2013.”
It’s good to hear that DreamWorks is giving the film the love and respect it deserves. When it initially opened in theaters with $44 million, box office trackers claimed that it had underperformed in comparison to Alice in Wonderland, which debuted with $116 million. How to Train Your Dragon was an excellent film (check out our review) and if you haven’t already seen it you definitely should. This is a sequel we’re actually rooting for!
Are you surprised that DreamWorks has greenlit a sequel to How to Train Your Dragon? Have you seen the film? What did you think of it?