B.O. Roundup, June 13-15: '22 Jump Street' Rips and Runs Ahead of 'Dragon 2'

Sunday, 15 June 2014 11:50 Written by  iamrogue
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B.O. Roundup, June 13-15: '22 Jump Street' Rips and Runs Ahead of 'Dragon 2'

It was a battle of the sequels at the domestic box office this weekend, and 22 Jump Street unexpectedly emerged victorious, commercially outdrawing How to to Train Your Dragon 2.

Both How to Train Your Dragon and 21 Jump Street surprised critics and audiences in 2010 and 2012, respectively, becoming solid hits that then added more and more fans thanks to home entertainment venues in the intervening years.

Going into this weekend, prognosticators prognosticated that How to Train Your Dragon 2 would be the heaviest hitter as the first major animated feature of the summer. 

Instead, 22 Jump Street drew a bigger crowd and became the second-biggest R-rated comedy debut on the books.  The self-referential action-comedy sequel again pairing Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, and the pairing proved even more potent.  According to current estimates, 22 Jump Street earned a whopping $60.0 million from 3,306 theaters in North America.

That's a whole lot bigger than the $36.3 debut of 21 Jump Street, which went on to gross over $200 million worldwide.  Among R-rated comedies, this unexpectedly huge opening weekend is behind only the $85.7 million debut of The Hangover Part II in 2011.  It's also just the latest big win for co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who kickstarted a franchise just months ago with The Lego Movie.

The family-friendly PG yin to 22 Jump Street's yang is How to Train Your Dragon 2, predicted to earn around $70 million.  Instead, the animated follow-up raked in an estimated $50.0 million from 4,253 theaters in the US and Canada.

Considering How to Train Your Dragon 2 played in about 900 more locations and benefited from 3D ticket prices, this showing is pretty surprising, but the Dean DeBlois-directed sequel is still very much a success.  It's also the only big animated film this summer, and as Frozen proved, a well-executed animated tale can have the longest of legs.  Expect Hiccup and Toothless to stick around for quite some time.

Alright, here are the top ten movies for the weekend of June 13th through 15th:

1. 22 Jump Street.........................................................$60.0 million..............New Release

2. How to Train Your Dragon 2....................................$50.0 million..............New Release

3. Maleficent.................................................................$19.0 million..............$163.5 million

4. Edge of Tomorrow....................................................$16.1 million..............$56.6 million

5. The Fault in Our Stars..............................................$15.7 million..............$81.7 million

6. X-Men: Days of Future Past.....................................$9.5 million................$205.9 million

7. Godzilla.....................................................................$3.1 million................$191.3 million

8. A Million Ways to Die in the West...........................$3.0 million................$38.9 million

9. Neighbors.................................................................$2.4 million................$143.1 million

10. Chef.........................................................................$2.2 million................$14.0 million

The big opening of 22 Jump Street is enough to make us wonder about the homoerotic implications.  Prior to the release of the first movie, Hill bet Tatum that if 21 Jump Street opened to $35 million or more, "I will kiss the tip of your dick through your underwear."

As Tatum revealed to GQ, he has yet to cash in the bet, saying, "I haven't made him do it yet," says Tatum two years later. "For obvious reasons. That's a bad bet to lose—it's not too good to win, either. But definitely the shame of it would be enjoyable. It's my trump card, for sure. He tries not to bring it up at all costs. Unless he did something horrible to me, I don't know if I could ever cash it in. It would change our relationship forever."


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