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Box Office: ‘22 Jump Street’ Leads ‘Dragon’ with Estimated $62 Million Weekend

Sony/MGM’s “22 Jump Street” has shown plenty of firepower with an estimated $62 million opening weekend, topping the launch of Fox/Dreamworks’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2” with a projected $53 million.

The R-rated comedy sequel took in $25 million on Friday including a solid $5.5 million at late-night Thursday shows — marking career-best launch weekends for stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

“How to Train Your Dragon 2” followed with $18 million on Friday (with $2 million on Thursday night).

Both sequels are outperforming their predecessors. “22  Jump Street,” with Tatum and Hill’s characters now in college, blew away “21 Jump Street,” which opened with $36.3 million in 2012 on its way to $138.4 million domestically.

“How to Train Your Dragon 2,″ with a $145 million budget, should benefit from being one of the few animated titles in the summer season. The first “Dragon” debuted in 2010 with $43 million on went on to cume $215 million domestically and $494 million globally.

22 Jump Street” has a strong 83% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is even more impressive at 92%.

The traction for “22 Jump Street” underlines the viability of R-rated comedies following the success of Universal’s raunchy “Neighbors,” which has topped $140 million domestically and $226 million worldwide in five weeks.

“22 Jump Street” also represents the second-best best opening for an R-rated comedy after the $86 million launch of “The Hangover Part II” in 2011.

Disney’s third weekend of “Maleficent” looks likely to finish third with $20 million following a $5.8 million Friday. The Angelina Jolie fantasy will wind up the weekend with about $165 million.

Fox’s second frame of Shailene Woodley’s romance-drama “The Fault in Our Stars”took in $6.3 million on Friday, projecting to a $15.8 million weekend and a 10-day total of $82 million. That represents a decline of about 68% from its winning opening weekend.

Warner Bros.’ sophomore session of Tom Cruise’s “Edge of Tomorrow” appeared heading for about $15.6 million, representing a 45% decline. The sci-fi tentpole took in $4.5 million on Friday.

Fox’s fourth weekend of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” should cross the $200 million mark in domestic grosses Saturday. The mutant sequel will wind up the weekend with about $9 million and a $205 million cume.

 

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