In a surprise move from Dreamworks Animation, the third entry in their How To Train Your Dragon franchise has been pushed back by a year and will now debut in cinemas June 9, 2017.

The still on release sequel has surpassed the global box office total of the 2010 original, over the Labor day weekend How To Train Your Dragon 2 swooped over the $600 million mark. An impressive feat considering the four year gap between movies, a quick glance at Box Office Mojo shows a significant decline in US ticket sales with a current total of $174 million. This is a huge drop from the original film’s domestic haul of $217 million, interest in the franchise might be on the wain in the US but the international box office tells a very different story. Takings around the rest of the world are almost double that of the first film, so far the sequel has made close to $430 million accounting for more than two thirds of the overall total.

Dreamworks and Fox made the announcement but no reason for the year long delay was given.

“On the heels of the success of their latest epic adventure, Hiccup and Toothless have plans to soar across the big screen once again with the announcement of the third chapter in DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon series shifting to a June 9, 2017 release date.  From the same creative team as the first two films, writer/director Dean DeBlois and producer Bonnie Arnold, How to Train Your Dragon 3 continues the story where the sequel leaves off (sorry folks, no spoilers here).  Returning cast includes Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, America Ferrera as Astrid and Cate Blanchett as Valka.”

How To Train Your Dragon 3 will be released June 9, 2017.