In its second weekend, How to Train your Dragon 2 eased 49% to an estimated $25.3 million. The drop was significantly greater than the 34% second-weekend decline of the original movie in the series. Combined with the lower-than-expected opening weekend, the sequel is now all but guaranteed to finish below the original film’s $217.6 million U.S. gross. Box Office Mojo suggests that the film, which has currently grossed $95.2 million domestically, could end up with as little as $170 million, nearly $50 million less than its predecessor.
As with many computer-animated features, the silver lining is the film’s overseas performance. How to Train Your Dragon 2 added $43.5 million from international territories, boosting its foreign total to $$77.2 million. The sequel opened in Mexico with $7.3 million (far surpassing the original film’s Mexican debut of $2.8 million) and in Brazil with $6.8 million (above the original’s $2.4 million Brazilian launch).
The only film that did better at the international box office was Disney’s animation-inspired Maleficent, which added $44.7 million from foreign territories. It also grabbed an estimated $13 million in its fourth U.S. weekend, pushing its domestic total to $186 million. To date, the film has grossed $521.6 million globally.
In its fourth weekend, Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, dropped out of the top ten with $1.6 million. The film has grossed a meek $40.3 million, a far cry from the $219 million gross of MacFarlane’s directorial debut Ted. Combined with its equally miniscule $30.8 million international gross, the film will likely end up with less than $100 million globally.