Box Office: ‘22 Jump Street’ Leads ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ in Early Estimates

Box Office: ‘22 Jump Street' Leads

Sony/MGM’s “22 Jump Street” is firing on all cylinders at the Friday box office with an estimated $60 million-plus opening, according to early estimates, slightly ahead of this weekend’s other top performer “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

Should it hold, the R-rated comedy sequel would mark the highest-grossing debut of both Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill’s careers.

DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” follow-up, meanwhile, is looking at a solid $54 million-plus opening in second place.

Distributed by 20th Century Fox, the family-friendly “Dragon” is expected to have longer legs at the box office than “Jump Street,” one of the few animated releases of the summer. The first “Dragon” was similarly well positioned in 2010 when it debuted to $43 million before going on to earn $215 million domestically and a total of nearly $500 million globally.

Both “Jump Street” and “How to Train Your Dragon” garnered stellar reviews (83% sand 92% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, respectively) and continue to ride strong buzz heading into Father’s Day weekend.

“These movies are perfectly counter-programmed,” Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak, recently told Variety. “When you have a variety of entertainment options in the marketplace, it enhances the marketplace.”

Last week’s champ “The Fault in Our Stars” is neck-and-neck with Tom Cruise’s big-budget holdover “Edge of Tomorrow” for third place with $16 million apiece.

“Edge of Tomorrow,” distributed by Warner Bros., has grossed $150 million worldwide but with a $175 million price tag, the alien invasion movie will need to heat up quickly to avoid becoming one of the first major casualties of the summer.

This weekend’s indie releases include Robert Pattinson’s “The Rover” and Sundance pic “Hellion,” starring Aaron Paul.

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  1. Justin O. says:

    Based on what I’ve seen and other friends around the country are seeing, this # is artificially inflated. There are some theaters that are only showing Dragon 2 twice a day and selling out those showings. These same theaters are showing 22 Jump street every 30 min to half empty theaters. If they were giving Dragon a equal amount of showings I’m sure Dragon would be slaughtering the inferior 22 Jump street.

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  3. Dan Matthews says:

    Estimates based on what? Surely loads of teens will see 22 on Friday evening, families will wait to see Dragon2 on Saturday or Sunday

  4. mjb410100 says:

    How To Train Your Dragon 1 was a great movie, can’t wait to see #2

  5. Looking forward to the Magic Mike Sequel says:

    22 Jump street is pure and mindless fun. I loved it !

  6. DSykes says:

    I hope both do equally well, but 22 taking the lead on a Friday, when most families are taking their kids during the day, isn’t really surprising. Curious to see if 22 does finish the weekend in the lead.

  7. jsanjuan1967 says:

    Ice Cube is a better leader of their squad!

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