‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ opens at #1 with P91.5-M, franchise’s biggest opening ever

MANILA, Feb. 25, 2019 — Filipino fans bade a heartfelt farewell to the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise as its last chapter “The Hidden World” opened at No.1 at the Philippine box-office with a soaring P91.5-million in a five-day opening weekend (Feb. 20-24).

“The Hidden World” bested the P85-million bow of 2014’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” the previous highest opening for the beloved franchise.

Local moviegoers fittingly sent off beloved hero Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless, in a big way, as evidenced by positive post-screening reactions and emotional tributes in social media.

In the U.S., the finale in the animated trilogy opened with $55.5 million, a franchise-best debut. It now also holds the distinction as the biggest opening weekend of the year to date.

The animated adventure is also dominating internationally. Propelled by glowing word of mouth, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” has ruled the international box office, swooping up $216 million since beginning its international rollout in January.

Now playing in Philippine cinemas and IMAX, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

About How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown… and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together — to the very ends of the Earth — to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast led by Jay Baruchel (This Is the End), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Cate Blanchett (The House with a Clock in Its WallsThor: Ragnarok), Gerard Butler (Den of ThievesGeostorm), Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters), Craig Ferguson (Doc Martin), and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland) as the villain Grimmel.

Jay Baruchel lends voice to Hiccup one last time in ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’

Jay Baruchel, who voices Hiccup in the beloved How to Train Your Dragon series, is feeling nostalgic.

“I’ve played this character through hundreds of hours and over 10 years,” says Baruchel about voicing the young Viking Hiccup in the How to Train Your Dragon film trilogy and TV series. “Most people work their whole lives and are never lucky enough to be part of something that’s half as impactful as any of these movies — let alone all of them. It’s a pretty special thing.”

In How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the final film in the trilogy, Hiccup, now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid (America Ferrera), Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. But when the sudden appearance of Light Fury — a stunning and shimmering all-white dragon who exists on pure instinct — coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together — to the very ends of the Earth — to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

“People adore these films, take possession of them and use them as a means of identifying themselves — everything from cosplay and fan fiction to artwork and tattoos,” says Baruchel, whose vast credits include blockbusters Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder, Oscar®-winning Million Dollar Baby, and most recently, the critically acclaimed TV series Man Seeking Woman. “Our fans treat our movies and TV shows as an actual universe unto themselves. They feel a part of this world. It is every artist’s dream to create something that means what these movies and TV shows mean to our fans. That’s something I could never have anticipated, and it is not lost on me. I’m very proud that we have consistently embraced and hammered home a message for square pegs everywhere: Just because life has been a certain way doesn’t mean that’s how it has to be; just because you aren’t like everyone else doesn’t mean you don’t have something to offer.”

As he says goodbye to the franchise that has been so instrumental in his career, Baruchel identifies with his character’s sense of loss and hope in this final chapter of his story. “Hiccup sees the writing on the wall that Toothless is in love and that’s something for Hiccup to have to contend with,” the actor says. “It will play into that crisis that Hiccup must ask himself: ‘Is everything I do for Toothless for his benefit or for mine?’ If it’s for Toothless’, then that means he has to back off. That’s difficult for them because of their profound connection — one that started with Hiccup trying to kill Toothless, failing at that, then saving and nursing him. It’s hard to let go of the reins. Whatever was good in Hiccup was made better by dragons.”

Fortunately for Hiccup, he’s not alone. As he begins to champion his late father Stoick the Vast’s (Gerard Butler) mantle, the boy who once rejected all his father represented now understands more of what shaped the former ruler of Berk… and the leader he must now become. “Hiccup is forced into making big, tough decisions with the future of Berk on the line,” says Baruchel. “I don’t know that he could do that without hearing his father’s voice or feeling his father’s spirit. So he has these lovely dreams, flashbacks where his father bestows bits of wisdom that will help steer Hiccup on the right course. Even if his father is not with him anymore, he’s still around in a big way. All of Hiccup’s life he has been contending with his father’s legacy. This is the part of the story where he embraces it.”

Now showing in Philippine cinemas, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

About How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown… and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together — to the very ends of the Earth — to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast led by Jay Baruchel (This Is the End), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Cate Blanchett (The House with a Clock in Its WallsThor: Ragnarok), Gerard Butler (Den of ThievesGeostorm), Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters), Craig Ferguson (Doc Martin), and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland) as the villain Grimmel.

America Ferrera inspires in ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ finale, ‘The Hidden World’

America Ferrera is proud to lend her voice to Astrid, one of the most popular characters in the How To Train Your Dragon film series, one last time.

Ferrera returns on the big screen as the voice of Astrid in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the final film in the celebrated Dragon franchise. While Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) has always relied upon Astrid to help him find his way in the world, the bravest Viking on all of Berk has long prided herself on wild independence. When it comes to Astrid, this evolution from nomadic warrior to fellow leader of the team of Dragon Riders has been a source of pride to her vocal creator.

“Astrid has always been really good at reminding Hiccup of who he is,” Ferrera, popular for her work on TV series Ugly Betty and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants film series, says. “Whenever he gets doubtful of his abilities to lead and to step into action, Astrid has always been the person to remind Hiccup that he’s capable and that he’s not going to do it the way his father did it. He can only do his best, and that needs to be enough.”

Inarguably, what Ferrera feels most passionate about with this character is that Astrid has never been simply a plot device to stand by her man; rather she’s grown into a young woman who embraces collaboration among her friends and dragons as much as she does her singular perspective. “Astrid is fiercely independent and always has her own drive and mission,” she says. “It’s what I’ve always loved about getting to play her. She’s not tied to being somebody else’s cheerleader. She’s got her own mission and goals; she is the least hesitant warrior of all and is always springing into action.”

Ferrera has helped to shape the spirit of one of the most beloved heroines in cinema, and she has long felt that this combination of independence and compassion has connected audiences to Astrid. “Girls and boys alike love Astrid because of her warrior spirit,” says Ferrera. “She’s not hesitant about her skills and power. She just goes for whatever she wants. She’s also self-determined and knows what she cares about. She knows what her strengths are, and she’s unapologetic about them. I think it’s incredible for girls and boys to see a female character like that in a film like this. For Astrid, the answer is always choosing love and choosing to be the best version of yourself, even when it’s the hard thing to do.”

Like her fellow cast members, Ferrera was very impressed with the leaps and bounds in artistic advancements of this chapter of the Dragon series. “It’s mind-blowing and stunning and beautiful,” she shares. “The technology has grown so much since we started this trilogy that, as the series has grown, everything’s grown — especially the capabilities to depict this world. It’s just beautiful when we finally do see The Hidden World, when we come into the ultimate dragons’ nest; it’s jaw-dropping.”

The juxtaposition of stunning creative breakthroughs combined with storytelling is a major reason why Ferrera has returned once again to Astrid and the Dragon world. “It’s been such a privilege to know that at the heart of these films, these characters, and this world, there has always been a very deep, very human journey and message,” she says. “One of the things that I have always loved about this series is that it has never underestimated what young audiences can feel and understand. It has always worked on so many levels of fun and laughter and adventure and excitement — but always been rooted in very real experiences of life and loss and love.”

Now playing in Philippine cinemas, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Phil Mccarten/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (10100419af) Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera. Cast members Jay Baruchel, left, and America Ferrera attend the premiere of “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” at the Regency Village Theatre, in Los Angeles LA Premiere of “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”, Los Angeles, USA – 09 Feb 2019

About How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown… and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together — to the very ends of the Earth — to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast led by Jay Baruchel (This Is the End), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Cate Blanchett (The House with a Clock in Its WallsThor: Ragnarok), Gerard Butler (Den of ThievesGeostorm), Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters), Craig Ferguson (Doc Martin), and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland) as the villain Grimmel.

Toothless finds love in the final ‘How to Train Your Dragon’

When director-writer Dean DeBlois considered the engine of change for DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, he began to wonder what coming-of-age would look like for the Night Fury aka Toothless…as the dragon grows to yearn for a life beyond humans.

“For so long, he has been Hiccup’s constant companion,” says the director. “But he has begun to stray from that bond as he is drawn by the call of the wild—and by instinct and maturity.” To stay true to the narrative, the storytellers had to contemplate the unthinkable. “We asked ourselves if we could have their relationship completely fall apart, but still bring them back together, stronger than ever,” DeBlois says.

Once Toothless first encounters the Light Fury (so named by Astrid)—a stunning and shimmering all-white dragon who exists on pure instinct—our alpha male finds himself pulled to the wild world from which she comes and will assuredly return.  “Toothless is conflicted by loyalty, but he’s drawn to what is so natural,” says DeBlois. “For him, that’s embodied by the Light Fury; she offers an innocent existence untainted by humans.”

That said, DeBlois admits that any stranger breaking up our star couple had to be both likable and spectacular. “The Light Fury promises a family and the propagation of Toothless’ species,” he says. “She’s essentially there to lure Toothless back into the wild and to his rightful home. To make sure the audience is not resentful of Light Fury, we had to give her such a charming and distinct personality that she’d win us over. These are wordless transitions in animation, and imbuing her with these characteristics required our hitting familiar marks for humans.”

One of the more iconic moments in The Hidden World was one of the first sequences to be led into production: Toothless and Light Fury’s first date on the beach. Set to playful, romantic chords from series composer John Powell, the scene is primarily music-driven and largely a dance. While Toothless fumbles through his amateurish knowledge of the opposite sex, he must rely upon the creature in his life who loves him more than any other: Hiccup.  

Toothless first captures the attention of his feral love by adopting a behavior he learned from humans, specifically Berk’s new chieftain. “We based this on the story of Cyrano de Bergerac and gave it a lot of love and care,” DeBlois says. “Hiccup encourages Toothless to replicate dragon courtship behaviors he’s observed. Still, this is a stunning female of the wild who expects Toothless to know what he’s doing. Of course, he’s a bumbling amateur…with Hiccup cringing on the sidelines.”  

So what’s a dragon to do when he’s head-over-heels in love? “Toothless has no references; he’s the last of his kind, and there’s underlying sadness to that,” DeBlois says. “Ironically, the one thing he learns from a human—drawing in the sand—is what wins her over.”

In Philippine cinemas February 20, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #HowToTrainYourDragon #HTTYD3

About How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go.  What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives.  Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.  

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia.  When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth.  As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast led by Jay Baruchel (This Is the End), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Cate Blanchett (The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Thor: Ragnarok), Gerard Butler (Den of Thieves, Geostorm), Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters), Craig Ferguson (Doc Martin), and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland) as the villain Grimmel.

Fly high with ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ in IMAX at SM Cinema

 IMAX at SM Cinema takes you to greater heights as it brings the immersive movie experience to the audience to witness the epic conclusion of one of the most beloved animated franchises, “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”.

Now the new chief of Berk, Hiccup has created a safe haven for humans and dragons alike. Meanwhile, his adorable dragon, Toothless, discovers that he is not the only one of his kind left in the world when he meets a lady Night Fury, and both are quickly enchanted with each other. But all this is put to a stop when an infamous dragon hunter threatens to destroy their home. Now Hiccup and Toothless must go on a journey to find the Hidden World in order to save their tribe and everything they treasure.

Produced by Dreamworks Animation and directed by Dean DeBlois, the film features the voices of Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, America Ferrera as Astrid, F. Murray Abraham as Grimmel, Cate Blanchett as Valka, and Gerard Butler as Stoick the Vast.

The adventure of Hiccup and Toothless becomes even bigger and better in SM Cinema’s IMAX theatres as How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is digitally remastered for The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. With topnotch equipment and high-quality audio visuals, movie goers can feel like they are part of the dragon riding and fighting scenes.

Catch How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World starting February 20 at IMAX theatres, Director’s Club and SM Cinema branches nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

‘The Hidden World’ concludes ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ trilogy

As the trilogy based on the world she created comes to an end, no one has deeper feelings about saying goodbye to this chapter of Toothless and Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World than their creator, author Cressida Cowell.

“It sounds very unlikely, but it’s based on my own childhood,” reflects Cowell, “and the Isle of Berk is a real place where I grew up as a child. Stoick the Vast is based on my relationship with my father. Of course, the ending, ‘There were dragons when I was a boy,’ are the opening words of the books that I wrote 20 years ago when I just had a child. I tell the story from the point of view of the boy growing up, looking back to my own childhood, and Hiccup is a father to Toothless. The themes are so enmeshed with my own life that it’s incredibly bittersweet.”

Series architect Dean DeBlois has spread his love of Cowell’s world to anyone he meets. For the writer/director, the most gratifying part of his time with How to Train Your Dragon has been introducing newcomers to this intricate universe, as well as encounters with fans who share how the movies and shows have served as a lifeline.

“These characters and storylines are an escape I never anticipated for people,” he shares. “It’s been an ongoing theme in my interactions that our heroes—especially Hiccup and his square-peg-in-a-round-hole existence—give comfort to people in a world that can reject them. I realize that we have a responsibility to keep them in mind with every decision we make.”

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go.  What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives.  Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.  

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia.  When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth.  As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast led by Jay Baruchel (This Is the End), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Cate Blanchett (The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Thor: Ragnarok), Gerard Butler (Den of Thieves, Geostorm), Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters), Craig Ferguson (Doc Martin), and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland) as the villain Grimmel.

The film is produced by Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, ANTZ) and How to Train Your Dragon series producer Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, Tarzan).  

In Philippine cinemas February 20, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures. #HowToTrainYourDragon #HTTYD3

WATCH: Epic tale soars in the final ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ movie

Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation have launched the teaser trailer of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the epic conclusion to the beloved trilogy.

Check out the official teaser trailer below and watch How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in Philippine cinemas 2019.

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.

About How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast led by Jay Baruchel (This Is the End), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Cate Blanchett (The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Thor: Ragnarok), Gerard Butler (Den of Thieves, Geostorm), Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters), Craig Ferguson (Doc Martin), and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland) as the villain Grimmel.

The film is produced by Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, ANTZ) and How to Train Your Dragon series producer Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, Tarzan).

In Philippine cinemas 2019, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

 

Teaser poster up for ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’

From DreamWorks Animation comes the highly anticipated culmination of one of the most popular animated franchises in film history, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

Check out the film’s teaser poster below that’s just been launched by the studio.

What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic trilogy spanning their lives. In this next chapter, Hiccup and Toothless will finally discover their true destinies: the village chief as ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, and the dragon as leader of his own kind. As both ascend, the darkest threat they’ve yet faced—as well as the appearance of a female Night Fury—will test the bonds of their relationship like never before.

For How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, series director Dean DeBlois returns alongside the all-star cast. The film is produced by Brad Lewis (Ratatouille, ANTZ) and How to Train Your Dragon series producer Bonnie Arnold (Toy Story, Tarzan).

The all-star cast includes Jay Baruchel (This Is the End), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Cate Blanchett (The House with a Clock in Its Walls, Thor: Ragnarok), Gerard Butler (Den of Thieves, Geostorm), Kristen Wiig (Ghostbusters), Craig Ferguson (Doc Martin), and F. Murray Abraham (Homeland) as the villain Grimmel.

In Philippine cinemas 2019, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is distributed in the Philippines by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.