‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ Earns $25 Million in Second Weekend

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.


  • OdysseyTag

    Quite sad to hear – I’m at the stage of rooting for anything non-Disney, simply because they are in a good position to consistently do well – it’s the other guys which need the support – as big as DreamWorks, Blue Sky, and Illumination may be, and even more so for the independent and upcoming studios.

  • OdysseyTag

    Quite sad to hear – I tend to route for anything non-Disney, simply because they’re in a good position to consistently do well. It’s the other guys which need the support – as big as DreamWorks, Blue Sky, and Illumination may be, and even more so for the independent and upcoming studios.

  • http://www.animatorisland.com/ JK Riki

    I felt Dragons 2 lacked the “truth” and life that Dragons 1 did. It felt dishonest to me. Like the characters were going through motions most of the time. The emotional moments felt forced (minus one scene of rekindling love) and the Big Bad was boring as all get-out. So I can understand why it didn’t do as well as the first for sure.

  • nw

    Deblois has built a strong sequel and matured a storyline that i think works well. I hope it doesn’t put the 3rd film in jeopardy….I feel American audiences are used to comedy in animation and this film, while it has some laughs, takes a darker route and might have kept some viewers away….Go see it !….it’s a worthy successor!

  • tt

    I think I kind of understand why Dragon 2 underperformed. I found it good, yet disappointing at the same time. It simply wasn’t as amazing as the first one. It suffers logically and poor dialog imo. and certain scenes could have been better executed. But I praise it for its story and animation and the characters. they were great.

  • bobobo

    I finally watched it over the weekend, it is a great movie, but I can see why it isn’t doing as well as the first movie. In general, the plot is more darker in tone, as there are some bad guys to deal with, and Drago may be a bit scary to kids. More or less, I understand why some parents are somewhat reluctant to take their younger kids to watch it.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Here’s a wild thought… Do you think maybe all of Jeffery Katzenberg’s political convictions have finally caught up with him? Maybe people feel, “Why give him money? He’s going to give it to a politician I don’t support.” You never see Bob Iger do that. He probably does but he doesn’t jump in front of a camera when he does it.

    • Pink Elephant on Parade

      No. Most people do not know who he is.

  • SarahJesness

    KFP 2 actually did extremely well overseas, particularly in China.

  • SarahJesness

    Disappointing. I really think it would’ve done a lot better if it wasn’t competing against Maleficent, since they’re both films that follow up to something popular, and appeal to children and fantasy nerds. Hopefully it will at least keep a steady pace.

    Also, DW needs better marketing.

  • Toonio

    My humble opinion on why Dragon 2 failed:

    A disastrous 3rd act.

    Doing too much where they didn’t need it.

    And doing too little where they really needed it.

    Not to mention the “everybody can be a dragon whisperer but those who know let villages that don’t know how to deal with dragons, get burnt to the ground” (being trolls in a nutshell.

    Still Dragon 2 has one of the most mind blowing animated scenes when the two dragons meet in mid air.

    So Katzenberg needs to find a new Katzenberg if he wants Dreamworks to thrive.

  • Meredith

    Since when are parents reluctant to take their kids to scary films? I had friends that took their 5 year olds to Avengers. I think the movie was amazing. Parents take their kids to see worse, for sure. Not sure why Dreamworks can’t convert its fans into more profit. I have two theories though: One, the Dragons merchandise does not seem to hit the right notes with boys (and yes, this would be a “boy” movie as opposed to “Frozen”). Two, Dreamworks’ effort to make every movie its own franchise has prevented people from perceiving Dreamworks as a cohesive “brand.” Maybe a house style and message wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Every mom and daughter is going to see every Disney princess movie that comes out whether it’s good or not. The boy market is ripe for the picking. Just check out the take for the Lego movie and you’ll see what I mean! Dreamworks is doing some good stuff, the message/marketing is what they need to work on.

  • bob

    fox tends to pay more attention overseas with their marketing… so we have yet to see what this movie will bring in. We have about 3 months from the release date to wait.

    I’m sure that the fact it’s not making ideal money is going to make some of you otherwise would-be-fans into harsher critics.

  • otterhead

    It’s a shame, because Dragon 2 follows the trend of DreamWorks making surprisingly high-quality sequels to their ‘prestige’ movies (as Prof Banjo puts it). They’ve really milked the success of the original with marketing, the traveling stage show, the TV series, and the Christmas special; maybe a big-screen movie with an unimaginative title doesn’t catch fire like the first one. I really enjoyed it and felt it took some real risks.

  • IamSam

    Here is why it didn’t do as good. Utter movie BURN OUT. I mean you had Spiderman, Xmen, Edge of Tomorrow, Godzilla, 21 Jump Street, Maleficent, The Fault in our Stars, Think Like a Man 2 next to be followed up by Transformers, TMNT. This year there is just so many movie options. A lot better than last year. People have to pick and choose and I think the perceived kiddy movie was just thrown aside for the other stuff. We only have so much movie bucks to go around. It is pretty simple, just bad timing. Your more adult date crowd will go to the Fault in Stars, Think LIke a Man 2. Your guy bunch is going to choose Godzilla, EofT, Xmen, Transformers, 21 Jump Street and you kids and familes are already going to Maleficient. Dragon’s though good and I want to see it just ain’t at the top of the list for most folks. It is one of those we will get to it when we get to it.

    • Fried

      There are blockbusters every single year, that doesn’t stop films like Toy Story 3 and Frozen from succeeding.

    • https://vimeo.com/channels/wharton Brett Wharton

      I kind of agree. I think more animated movies should consider the movie dead-zones around March and October. Those are the times I’m looking for any good movie out there that is worth seeing.

  • Ant G

    yeah, down with people who have different taste than yours! Nevermind both films targeted different audiences and were not competing, they’re still stoopid, it’s that other movie’s fault.

  • Fried

    It was so obvious it was non existent because there was none.

    There was video reference which people have been using for animation since Snow White, but “motion capture” is a different thing entirely.

    Don’t accuse artists of using techniques you know nothing about.

  • https://vimeo.com/channels/wharton Brett Wharton

    Where was the motion capture?

  • ololo

    i thought this was the most fun animated movie in 5 years :)

  • SarahJesness

    Frozen got popular largely through word of mouth (I don’t think people expected it to be as good as it was) and in large part because of the soundtrack and Elsa.

    • Lithia

      That’s a good point about Frozen. But I don’t feel like Maleficent is that big of competition against How to Train Your Dragon 2, especially with it’s mixed reception (Maleficent).

  • Tomm

    It’s just amazing on every level what the heck is wrong with people if this isn’t a success?

  • nevilleross

    Frozen was also the only animated movie in its genre opening up the same weekend, I’ll bet.

  • Barrett

    Brave might have *seemed like* a Dreamworks movie, but it was actually Pixar.

    • Captaincrunch

      “Yet another DreamWorks movie that’s disappointing at the box office. Brave will have performed better. Brave. ”

      Where does it say that Brave is a DreamWorks film?

  • http://www.getfeedbac.com/ FeedBac

    Sadly, it didn’t.

    • Mike

      yeahhh :/