Weekend Box Office: 22 JUMP STREET Leads with $60 Million; HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 in Second

     June 15, 2014


In this weekend’s box office battle of the sequels, 22 Jump Street remained firmly out front after its strong Friday opening.  Jump Street earned an estimated $60 million through Sunday, giving it the second-highest R-rated comedy debut of all time.  Meanwhile, How to Train Your Dragon 2 took in an estimated $50 million.  That beats the original film’s $43.7 million debut, but remains far below what many expected.

 Title   Weekend     Total
1.  22 Jump Street   $60,000,000     $60
2.  How to Train Your Dragon 2   $50,000,000     $50
3.  Maleficent   $19,008,000     $163.5
4.  The Fault in Our Stars   $15,725,000     $81.7
5.  Edge of Tomorrow   $16,175,000     $56.6
6.  X-Men: Days of Future Past    $9,500,000     $205.9
7.  Godzilla   $3,155,000     $191.3
8.  A Million Ways to Die in the West   $3,077,000     $38.9
9.  Neighbors   $2,484,000     $143.1
10.  Chef   $2,000,000     $13.8


Full story after the jump.

how-to-train-your-dragon-2-international-posterLooking back to last weekend’s box office analysis, this is certainly not the outcome I expected.  Like many others, I had How to Train Your Dragon 2 on top with $70 million or more.  Clearly, dabbling in box office predictions is a good way to make yourself look foolish, though on Dragon 2 there was good reason to believe I was on solid ground.  Setting aside the fact that the first film was a worldwide phenomenon – a rare financial and critical hit – this summer lacks any other major animated releases, putting the sequel on course for a big opening and a very lucrative seasonal run.  Now, just because How to Train Your Dragon 2 has come up a bit short this morning doesn’t mean that its future is lost.  If Frozen proved anything, it is that a well-received family film can stretch its legs well into its second month in theatres.

But surprise or no, it’s only fair to honor the sequel that slayed DreamWorks Dragon22 Jump Street was not exactly an underdog entering the weekend race (it was expected to open at least 50% higher than its predecessor) but its decisive win over a heavily-favored opponent sure makes it look that way.  Personally, I thought the weekend would play out as it did for Monsters University and World War Z this time last year: with the animated sequel on top but plenty of praise left over for the film in second place.  In 2013, both films opened above expectations; this year 22 Jump Street gets to bask in the sun all by itself.

22 jump street posterBack in March 2012, 21 Jump Street was a solid hit for Sony.  Based on the 1980s TV series that made Johnny Depp a star, the big screen reboot opened with $36.3 million and went on to gross $138.4 million domestic and $201 million worldwide.  That success guaranteed the follow-up a prestigious summer opening and, with reviews in the same range as the first film (83% on Rotten Tomatoes), it would have been a surprise if 22 Jump Street ultimately faltered out of the gate.  As it turned out, the film has now secured the second-biggest debut ever for an R-rated comedy, between the $85.7 million of The Hangover Part II and the $54.4 million of Ted.

Of course, the danger of a big opening can be less-than stellar holds in the weeks that follow.  Think of last month’s Godzilla, which took in a massive $93.1 million in its debut but has since failed to reach $200 million. 21 Jump Street had excellent holds in its first month, but its sequel already feels front-loaded.  Despite its bigger opening weekend, 22 Jump Street could wind up on par with Neighbors, which is still holding well in its sixth week.

Speaking of front-loaded, The Fault in Our Stars got hit hard in its second frame.  Last weekend’s number one film was down over 67% this weekend, bringing its domestic total up to $81.7 million after ten days.  Steep drop or not, that’s a big number for a movie with a $12 million budget.  Edge of Tomorrow held better than the romantic drama in its own sophomore frame (-44%), but because the sci-fi drama cost fifteen times more than The Fault in Our Stars, that particular statistic is kind of meaningless.

Now in its fourth week in theatres, X-Men: Days of Future Past passed the $200 million mark in domestic grosses.  That puts it ahead of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which has yet to hit the same goal despite its three-week head start.  Looking at worldwide grosses, Spidey remains ahead with over $700 million, compared to the mutant’s $633.8 million global haul.  But in terms of franchise records, Days of Future Past is already the most successful global X-Men feature, while ASM 2 has a ways to go before it can claim to be even as successful as The Amazing Spider-Man, which earned over $757 million in 2012.

This weekend’s overall box office total came out about 8% behind last year, when Man of Steel made its debut.  That gap should only grow bigger by next weekend, considering the two new releases – Think Like A Man Too and Jersey Boys – cannot hope to equal the strength of 2013’s Monsters University/World War Z double opening.  In fact, the two new films combined are not expected to top $50 million, which is less than World War Z brought in on its own.  Of course, Think Like A Man was a surprise hit in 2012 when it debuted with $33 million, so there’s a good chance that the sequel improves on those numbers.  There’s also a chance that How to Train Your Dragon 2 rises to the occasion and claims first place.  That would take a remarkable hold AND a bit of a stumble by Think Like A Man Too, but stranger things have certainly happened…


  • Scurvy

    I think How to Train your Dragon 2 will hold better than 22 Jump Street. I think a lot of older people chose Jump Street this weekend to try and avoid the crowds of little kids.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I choose Dragons because I’m not an R rated movie person despite I’m at the legal age to drink

  • Strong Enough

    Damn Dreamworks just can’t win. Need to see what Amid over at The Brew thinks about this

  • Manuel Orozco

    Jonah Hill should be proud of himself having two competing movies opening on the same weekend

  • João Paulo

    I agree Nicole, How To Train Your Dragon 2 will hold better next week, I think maybe 27 or 30 million and as for 22 Jump Street I think the comedy will end up with a solid 160 millions maybe.

  • angela

    How come Edge of Tomorrow with 16.17 million at 5th and Fault with 15.72 at 4th position?

    • Farrell

      exactly. death of the editor indeed.

  • Steven

    Don’t see anything before you see Edge Of Tomorrow.

  • Bob

    Remember, How To Train Your Dragon was an enduring grosser not a front loaded one. The same will be true of #2. 22 Jump Street is a solid hit even if drops 90% next week. It’s reviews as well as it’s cinemascore say that it still has some decent grosses to look forward to in the weeks to come The Fault in Our Stars is a true box office success and deservedly so. Where is the audience for Edge of Tomorrow? That deserves to be this summer’s biggest hit. Fanboys, you truly have let us all down.

    • Grayden

      There aren’t as many fanboys as there are teens and the moms who take them to the theatre.

      • Bob

        There are enough to make every movie in the Marvel universe successful at the box office. They just aren’t coming to see Edge of Tomorrow and that is a shame. They are missing their chance to encourage some originality in summer box office fare.

      • DeathoftheEndless7

        As much as I enjoyed EoT, its basically an action movie version of Source Code.

    • milo

      I suspect at this point Cruise hurts more than he helps at the box office, unless it’s a sequel to one of his hits (Mission Impossible etc).

  • Pacula Allen

    Front loaded movies look more and more common, I wonder if word of mouths really matter nowadays.

    That said, congratulations for the good hold, Edge Of Tomorrow. It might struggle to reach Oblivion 80+ numbers, but it will make up its loss internationally.

    • milo

      At the rate it’s going even international numbers aren’t going to make it profitable. Eventually with video sales, licensing to cable and streaming, but that’s setting the bar low.

      • Pacula Allen

        If we’re using the norm that a movie must make twice its production cost to get a profit, then 350 mil worldwide is possible.

      • milo

        I don’t know that making another 100M worldwide is going to happen. And the studio gets a smaller cut of the overseas ticket sales which means if it’s making a larger proportion overseas, it probably needs to make more than double to break even.

  • Sweet Pea

    Word of mouth on Edge Of Tomorrow is really strong, it could show some decent legs yet I think… Deserves it, it’s a great summer blockbuster

  • milo

    Every week we’ve had the posts from MJ gloating about his prediction of $195M total for DOFP.

    Why so quiet now?

  • milo

    Looks like estimates were high on the top few. 57 for Jump Street and 49.45M for Dragon.

    • Bob

      Not so high as to make any real difference.