Weekend Box Office Report: ’22 Jump Street’ Takes ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ to School
Everyone expected ‘22 Jump Street‘ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2‘ to open well, but you won’t find many people who expected the raunchy R-rated comedy to open bigger than the family friendly animated adventure. But here we are! Both films opened well, but ’22 Jump Street,’ like the first film, has taken a hammer to all expectations.
|1||22 Jump Street||$60,000,000||$18,149||$60,000,000|
|2||How to Train Your Dragon 2||$50,000,000||11,756||$50,000,000|
|4||Edge of Tomorrow||$16,175,000 (-43.8)||$4,615||$56,649,000|
|5||The Fault in Our Stars||$15,725,000 (-67.2)
|6||X-Men: Days of Future Past||$9,500,000 (-37.3)||$3,123||$205,940,000|
|8||A Million Ways to Die in the West||$3,077,000 (-58.1)||$1,275||$38,937,000|
Let’s put the $60 million opening for ’22 Jump Street’ in perspective. ’21 Jump Street’ opened to $36 million two years ago, eventually making $138 million. The sequel nearly doubled that gross and will surely surpass the final gross of its predecessor. Chalk all of this success up to the first movie actually being really, really good and earning on a ton of goodwill on DVD and Blu-ray and streaming and what-not. People flat-out love the first movie and actors Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Sony is going to want a ’23 Jump Street,’ but the better bet is giving directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller carte blanche to make whatever they want next.
Speaking of Lord and Miller, between this and ‘The LEGO Movie,’ they’ve directed two 2014 films that have opened to $60 million-plus. That’s incredible.
Now let’s shift our attention to ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2,’ which opened to $50 million. The first film opened to $43 million four years ago, so while this is a leap up, it’s not a particularly huge leap. Part one eventually went on to make $217 million (before doing gangbusters in its home release), so this one should have strong legs. DreamWorks can probably expect a final gross of $250 million or so, but it probably won’t be the $300 million juggernaut they were hoping for.
‘Maleficent‘ fell to third place, but with a $19 million weekend and a $163 million gross so far, it’s on track to snagging $200 million. For a film that actually hasn’t seen much love from critics of audiences, that’s a huge victory. Meanwhile, ‘Edge of Tomorrow‘ continued to falter in fourth place, taking a huge dive and making only $16 million in its second weekend. With only $56 million, this may be the best summer movie that no one is seeing.
In fifth place, ‘The Fault in Our Stars‘ took a huge 67% drop, but it doesn’t matter: the weekend gross of $15 million brings it to $81 million. It should pass $100 million before it ends its run. Considering that it only cost a reported $12 million, that’s a huge victory.
In sixth place, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past‘ has passed the $200 million mark, putting it on track to becoming the highest grossing film in the franchise. Interestingly, this will be the first time a ‘X-Men’ movie has out-grossed a ‘Spider-Man’ movie — ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘ is still struggling to hit $200 million outside of the top 10.
Speaking of movies that are struggling to get to $200 million, ‘Godzilla‘ is getting close, but it’s going to take a little bit of luck. It needs another $9 million to get there, but its time in theaters is almost done.