Friday Box Office: 22 JUMP STREET Tops HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 on Opening Day

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With two major sequels hitting theatres this weekend, it was a foregone conclusion that box office numbers would be impressive.  What was much less conclusive was which of those two sequels would ultimately wind up in first place.  Between How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street, most box office watchers had their money on DreamWorks’ Dragon for first.  See how much we know?  In what is shaping up to be one of the biggest debuts ever for an R-rated comedy, Sony’s 22 Jump Street began its run with an estimated $25 million from 3,306 locations.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 opened in almost 1,000 more locations but came in second with an estimated $18.5 million.

Details and Friday’s top five after the jump.

Back in March of 2012, the big screen adaptation of 21 Jump Street took in over $36 million on its debut weekend.  That was a big deal at the time, and Sony quickly announced that stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill would return for a sequel.  With worldwide grosses of over $200 million, 21 Jump Street was a big enough hit to guarantee that sequel a summer opening; though Sony remained cautious, announcing that they were expecting no more than $50 million this weekend.  Instead, 22 Jump Street is now on track for over $60 million through Sunday.  If realized, that will make it the second-biggest R-rated comedy debut of all time, behind 2011’s The Hangover Part II.

how-to-train-your-dragon-2-image-2For what is widely expected to be one of the biggest titles of the summer, the opening day of How to Train Your Dragon 2 was a bit underwhelming.  The sequel to 2010’s surprise blockbuster earned $18.5 million from a giant 4,253 locations, which points to a three-day total of $53 million.  That’s far below the $70 million that many of us projected, though still an improvement over the original film’s $43.7 million.

For its part, Fox played it safe by announcing they were expecting no more than $50 million.  Even if the sequel gets showed up by Jump Street in its domestic debut, the studio should feel safe in their long-range prospects.  Like this year’s Frozen, the original How to Train Your Dragon became a hit by maintaining excellent holds week after week – and with virtually no competition this summer, there’s no reason to believe the sequel won’t fly even higher.

  Title Friday Total
1.   22 Jump Street $25,000,000 $25
2.   How to Train Your Dragon 2 $18,500,000 $18.5
3.   The Fault in Our Stars $6,350,000 $72.3
4.   Maleficent $5,844,000 $150.3
5.   Edge of Tomorrow $4,560,000 $45



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  • TotesMcGotes

    Wow, I expected How to Train Your Dragon to crush 22 Jump Street. Both are seemingly great movies. Not being American, I’ll have to wait a bit before seeing either one of them.

  • Philip Joseph

    The gays didn’t protest 22 huh? Wow. thanks guys..lo geez

    • MJ

      Be nice to go a week in on this site without some indirect gay bashing….grow up!

  • Bob

    I was the only one saying 22 was gonna beat it out for sure. Teens, and college kinds are gonna like crazy to see that. Some young adults to. Kids(and by fault parents) and maybe, maybe nostalia fans with go see Dragon 2; that is all.

    • Al

      Hooray for Bob! The only one! We all thought you were crazy, but now you may join our club.

  • jack

    its great to see that x men is going to outgross TASP2 and godzilla when both of the latter movies opened higher.

    • MJ

      Barely though…whoppdie doo!

      All three disappointed domestically. Little ole Gravity smoked each of these by a long shot, as did Cap 2, and the weak Star Trek Entry from last year. Hell, even the silly Lego Movie did more domestic box office than X-Men…LOL

      • GunzOfNavarone

        Dude, no one cares. It’s about worldwide box office these days, just so that you know.

      • cetrata

        You cared obviously if you replied to him. And studios get more of domestic shares than international shares. Stop being a douche.

      • MJ

        I was responding to Jack, who brought up domestic box office. Take up your complaint with him.

      • Aquartertoseven

        Gravity had an October release date, so less crowded, and therefore had no competition for 3 whole weeks. That’s what people forget; films like Avatar, Titanic, The Lego Movie and Frozen have only done so well because they were released late in the year and had no competition. All 4 had the winter to themselves.

      • MJ

        You can delude yourself and believe that if you want. Popular movies make a shitload of money whenever they are released. Look at the Top 10 grossing movies in the past decade, and the release dates are all over the map in terms of the annual calendar. That is a fact.

        PS: Avatar went up against Sherlock Holmes and Alvin and Chipmunks (plus The Blind Side still in release) — so it hardly had the holiday season to itself. In fact, these other three movies combined for over 3/4 of a billion dollars in domestic gross.

      • Aquartertoseven

        I’m not deluding myself, these are simple facts, I don’t know why you’re aggressive when given simple, factual information. When looking at success, look at the competition it had, that’s usually the greatest factor. In the early months of the year, there’s usually no real competition like there is now, with Godzilla, X-Men, Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, Fault in Our Stars, 22 Jump Street and How To Train Your Dragon all released in less than a month.

        Alvin and Sherlock fell off whereas Avatar held on for months. Those ^^ two, in terms of weekend grosses, went below $10m in the middle of January whereas Avatar held out until the end of February.

      • MJ

        “look at the competition it had, that’s usually the greatest factor.”

        That is just simply not true. If that were actually true, then you’d see “summer tentpole movies” released on a monthly basis across the year instead of the “summer season.”

        Popular movies that capture the public’s imagination make a shitload of $ regardless of when on the calendar they are released. Again, just look at the Top 10 grossing movies of the past decade, and you will see NO PATTERN concerning release date and the competition they faced.

        Popular movies that capture the public’s imagination is by far the driving factor in a movie’s box office success.

        There really hasn’t been a movie like that yet this year. Cap 2 came close, and low and behold, it made the most money…duh!

        If the awesome Avengers or The Dark Knight came out this summer (instead of in their original release years), they’d still each make over a billion guaranteed, despite any competition. The would not make less because Jump Street 2 and Maleficent gave them some competition….are you freaking kidding me? LOL

        The big movies that capture the public’s imagination ALWAYS rise to the top of the box office no matter when they are released, and regardless of the competition.

        People here need “emotional crutches” to explain why say the 2nd tier X-men franchise doesn’t make more $. I get that. Everybody likes to have an excuse to explain away uncomfortable facts. It’s a second-tier franchise that does not capture the public’s imagination in a big way — that’s why it didn’t do better…not because girls saw Maleficent in big numbers…LOL

      • Aquartertoseven

        And I have no idea why summer movies are confined to that season, it’s just dumb.

        Again, I bet I will see a pattern about competition. And I did; The Avengers had an entire month of no real competition, and by the time MIB 3 was released 30 days later, Avengers had already made over $530m. Deathly Hallows Part 2 made nearly $300m in 2 weeks, there wasn’t a single other film that got near $200m for 4 months, and after those first 2 weeks, it only needed to make another $80m. The same applies to Transformers 3, it had weak rivals until Deathly Hallows Part 2 released over 2 weeks later. Need I go on?

        Cap 2 had no competition, that’s why it made so much money.

        You laugh at the prospect of other popular films competing for box office grosses? Are you simple MJ?

        Yes they always rise to the top of the box office, but if they have strong competition then their earnings are going to be limited. Still high probably, but limited. Look at X-Men, it’s going to earn nearly $50m less than Cap 2 because it had a tough release date despite being a better film than Cap 2 and more liked by critics and the audience alike.

        A lot of girls did see Maleficent though, it knocked X-Men off the top of the box office. You’re acting very childishly about this.

      • milo

        It’s simple enough, he hated X-Men (not sure if it’s just the latest or the whole series) and he’s trying to convince everyone that it’s doing badly at the box office, as if that somehow would make his opinion “right”.

      • MJ

        You are just pissed because my box office estimates for XM-DOFP for weeks 2 and 3 were fracking DEAD-ON. You were very insistent on forecasting $250M domestic…and then you didn’t even have the guts to post and admit it later on when my forecasts proved correct.

        Get back to me when you are right on something, and then we’ll talk.

        PS: XM-DOFP was good, but not great. XM-FC was much better.

      • MJ

        Cap 2 is a first tier franchise. X-Men is second tier. It’s similar to comparing Star Wars to Star Trek. There is nothing wrong with that…it is what is is.

        You would seem to be the simple-minded one here for not understanding something this obvious to most of us.

      • Aquartertoseven

        X-Men was far more hyped up than Cap 2. Without the competition, X-Men would’ve perhaps gotten close to $300m if it didn’t have Godzilla as well as Edge of Tomorrow, Million Ways and Maleficent (all 3 were released ON THE SAME DAY) to compete with. Cap 2 had nothing really for 3 weeks to be honest.

      • MJ

        “Without the competition, X-Men would’ve perhaps gotten close to $300m”

        LOL ^ 2

        Lay off the crack pipe, my friend. :-)))))

      • Aquartertoseven

        Considering your attitude, I was about to type the same to you. You’re acting very odd on this thread.

      • milo

        Jack, DOFP had a smaller three day but the monday holiday put it way ahead of Spidey and Godzilla (as well as Cap’s 4 day, but it had better legs).

        Spidey was a big disappointment domestically considering it cost 255M to make. Godzilla and DOFP weren’t huge domestically but did well enough.

        We all know you hate Xmen and want to spin it like it’s tanking, but right now it’s the #3 movie of the year domestically and worldwide, with a shot at rising higher on that overseas list. Into Darkness didn’t exactly “smoke” DOFP, it hasn’t made that much more and DOFP isn’t done with its domestic run. And Lego (silly? it was a great movie) made more domestically but DOFP passed its worldwide total by the end of its second weekend. Just because other movies have made more doesn’t mean it’s doing badly.

        DOFP is currently estimated at 205.9M and counting, how’s that prediction of 195M working out for you?

  • Manuel Orozco

    I just saw HTTYD 2 and it’s good as the movie but goes for surprisingly darker heights

    • MJ

      Ah great, just what we wanted, a “dark” how to train your dragon…

      WTF???

      • Manuel Orozco

        You’ve been warned

  • Army

    Well it was friday night, which is not typically busy for kids movies, like Dragon 2, but is for comedies like 22 Jump st, box office on saturday and sunday should tell a different story

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