The move was not explained but some have pointed out that the delay is likely to prevent Dragon 3 going head to head with Pixar's Finding Dory. This is an understandable decision, since Finding Dory is the sequel to one of Pixar's most successful films and features its breakout star in the lead role. How To Train Your Dragon 2 was very successful around the world, but didn't soar as high in the US, despite rave reviews and excellent word of mouth. By releasin the film one year later, DreamWorks avoids any direct competition, although Dragon 3 is now sandwiched between The Lego Movie 2 and an untitled Pixar film, so we'll see if the move pays off in the end. If anything, let's hope that this extra time will allow the filmmakers to craft a wonderful story to close this (supposed) trilogy in grand fashion.
How To Train Your Dragon 3 now opens on 9th June, 2017, is again directed by Dean DeBlois and features the returning voice cast of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera and Cate Blanchett.
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