Universal’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is far and away the box office champ for Academy Awards weekend with a debut of $55 million from 4,259 North American locations! The “threequel” sees the return of Jay Baruchel as Hiccup and America Ferrera as Astrid. Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, F. Murray Abraham and Kristen Wiig also voice characters in the final installment in the franchise. Dean DeBlois returned to write and direct the pic, which has landed an “A” CinemaScore and 91% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Variety also reports that it’s the biggest debut for a How to Train Your Dragon pic, with 2010’s series originator drawing $43 million and 2014’s follow-up nabbing $49 million.
Despite the lack of reporting on the movie (Kristen Wiig has been absent from the promotion), we would like to send our congratulations to the team behind the very succesful How to Train Your Dragon series!