Hiccup's Hiccup: 'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Delayed Until 2017

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 17:24 Written by  iamrogue
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Hiccup's Hiccup: 'How to Train Your Dragon 3' Delayed Until 2017

The wait to ride with Hiccup and Toothless again is going to be about a year longer than we thought.

DreamWorks Animation has delayed How to Train Your Dragon 3, shifting the release date from the summer of 2016 to June 9, 2017.

Not long after 2010's How to Train Your Dragon proved to be a surprise smash with both audiences and critics, DreamWorks started whipping up a trilogy.  Well before How to Train Your Dragon 2 hit theaters, the third installment had already been scheduled for June 17, 2016.  Not only did that date represent a lightning-quick two-year turnaround for a huge animated adventure, but it also put How to Train Your Dragon 3 in direct competition with Pixar's Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory.

The new June 9, 2017 release date, first reported by Dark Horizons, finds the dragon-training sequel arriving just two weeks after the sequel to this year's The Lego Movie

Currently the only movie squatting on the June 9th date, How to Train Your Dragon 3 will be followed a week later by as as-yet unspecified Disney-Pixar effort, then a mysterious live-action DC superhero movie a week after that.

The announcement comes after How to Train Your Dragon 2 passed the $600 million mark at the global box office on Labor Day.

The sequel represents one of the odder box office stories from this summer.  Back in May, a lot of prognosticators were prognosticating a huge domestic haul for How to Train Your Dragon 2, pegging it as the heavy favorite to be the biggest Stateside release in summer 2014.  How to Train Your Dragon has only grown its audience of devoted fans over the last four years. 

When the sequel actually hit theaters in June, though, it opened in second place to R-rated action-comedy 22 Jump Street.  Despite critical acclaim and no shortage of hype, How to Train Your Dragon 2 has grossed about $43 million less than its predecessor at home ($217.5 million to $174.0 million).  Continuing a blockbuster trend, though, the sequel has more than made up for its inexplicable domestic softness with solid international grosses.  Where the first movie earned $277.2 million in foreign markets, the sequel has earned $424.8 million.

Director and writer Dean DeBlois is still on board to direct How to Train Your Dragon 3, with Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, and Cate Blanchett still set to reprise their voice roles.  All box office considerations aside, we're just hoping the third movie lives up to the standard set by the last two, regardless of when it actually hits theaters.

Plus, this gives us an extra year to prepare for what's pretty much guaranteed to be an Old Yeller-style emotional uppercut.

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