LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of yesterday's opening day of $5.6 million in China, DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 2 soared past the $500 million mark at the global box office. The highly acclaimed sequel is now not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014's highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.
"We have been incredibly proud of How to Train Your Dragon 2 from the moment we saw it and we're thrilled that it has been embraced around the world with such enthusiasm," said Chief Marketing Officer Dawn Taubin. "This film is not only an artistic and technical achievement for DreamWorks, but its strength at the global box office proves that audiences are embracing it as one of the most entertaining films of the year."
"This is a tremendous result for such a deserving, critically acclaimed film," said Chris Aronson, President Domestic Theatrical Distribution, 20th Century Fox. "We look forward to riding Dragon 2 to greater box office heights."
Through Thursday morning, How to Train Your Dragon 2 has grossed $170.6 million domestically and $331.2 million in international markets, including China, which premiered yesterday. Dragon 2 is still yet to be released in Italy, where it opens this weekend.
About DreamWorks Animation
DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranked #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation's feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 29 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots, and The Croods.
About 20th Century Fox Film
One of the world's largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, 20th Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of 20th Century Fox Film: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios.
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