Dragon lovers rejoice! After much consideration toward the movies that depict dragons at their best (or worst perhaps), the seven top-grossing flicks for dragon aficionados is here! Spanning thirty years, those creatures of myth, mysticism, and legend have burrowed deep lairs into the hearts of fans, and unfurled their wings to soar not only in fantasies, but into the box office limelight as well.
As many a dragon fan is aware, these movies are TOP-GROSSING in the box office. Safe to say, they may not reach one’s idea of “best” movies. But read on, for there is sure to be at least one favorite to rise among the rest.
Topping off at $75,000,000 is the 2006 movie Eragon. Based in a medieval world, a farm boy named Eragon happens across an odd stone. Lo and behold, this stone hatches a dragon named Saphira. The two are chased from the village by men working for a king (who wants the dragon, of course), and search out a group of rebels fighting to overthrow said king.
Second place goes to the $51,400,000 blockbuster of 1996 – Dragonheart. A medieval king’s mentor-turned-dragon-slayer finds he has come across the last dragon in existence. Rather than destroy it, the knight teams up with the dragon first for profit, and finally against the ruthless king to save their country. It is only at the end that the knight discovers a link between the dragon, and the king. Kill one – kill them both.
REIGN OF FIRE
Rounding third place from the year 2002, is the $43,000,000 maker, Reign of Fire. With several big named actors, this story is a modern-day-meets-Armageddon-through-dragons unique story. Dragons have taken over the world, leaving humankind searching for peace – and water. Oh, but dragons are attracted to water . . . bummer.
DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS: THE MOVIE
Fourth on the list from 2000, comes the role-playing dice game, Dungeons & Dragons: The Movie – dragging in $15,200,000. With tons of special effects, this tale runs much like the role-playing game itself – an evil Mage, a young yet powerful Empress, thieves, dwarves, elves, and the whole gaming world brought to life.
1981’s fire-breather landed fifth place with the $14,100,000 British-made, Dragon Slayer. In this dragon tale, a king has been sacrificing virgins to a dragon in order to keep his kingdom safe. Underappreciated for its time, this plot revolves around a magician’s apprentice coming into his own quite dangerously – by taking down the dragon, saving fair maiden, and becoming the village hero.
A cult Disney classic from 1977, the reissue of Pete’s Dragon in 1984 brought in sixth place, and $4,100,000. This animated plot revolves around a boy with an “imaginary” friend – a bumbling, sweet-loving dragon, whose antics not only gets the boy in trouble often, but endears that dragon into the hearts of many.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
Lastly, the newest film on our list & coming in at #7 is “How to Train Your Dragon”. How to Train Your Dragon is about a young viking that desires only to hunt dragons like his father and everyone else in his village. However, he later finds out that dragons are better as friends (and means of travel.)
The rest of the movies in this list are based on how much they grossed but I thought How to Train You Dragon deserved a place on this list. HTYD grossed $43,732,319 in its first week.. Impressive.
Bonus: The Lair of the White Worm was meant to have Wyrm in its title – meaning a half-breed dragon and snake. It’s a B-movie at best – what with snake worshippers that seem more vampyric, and weird intimacies that make one cringe and laugh simultaneously. It brought in a little over $1,000,000. Surprising it made that much money!
Throughout the years, animation has brought several healthy, somewhat-riddled-with-dragons stories. In 1998, the film Mulan – which features Asian-inspired dragons as family watch guards – brought in a whopping $251,000,000. Not to be outdone, Quest for Camelot (released that same year) took in $22,000,000, and cast a light on a duo of dragons thru the storyline.
Bonus #2: Finally, the luck dragon in 1984’s The Neverending Story deserves an honorable mention as well, pulling in $20,000,000. If – however – anime is more to your liking, the Record of the Lodoss War is quite possibly the best dragon anime, as it seems a version of Dungeons & Dragons crafted overseas.
Well, it is with great hope that one may find that diamond in the ruff – that movie that explodes and destroys all other dragon movies before or after its creation – that single flick that is so overwhelming – so potent in its message – that it must be handled like a bountiful, secret treasure. Good for you, if that has occurred – just be certain to find a dragon to watch over that glittering, sacred DVD hoard!Read More