As most expected, sequels “22 Jump Street” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2” took the top two spots at the box office this weekend. However, the outcome was a big surprise, as the R-rated comedy easily took first place well ahead of the DreamWorks Animation movie.
Order some kegs, cause Sony and MGM are throwing a party!
Much to the studio’s happiness, “22 Jump Street” opened to an incredible $60 million this weekend. Playing at 3,306 locations, 22 Jump scored the second-biggest opening ever for an R-rated comedy behind “The Hangover Part II.” And if that’s wasn’t enough, the sequel is up 65 percent from 21 Jump Street’s $36 million debut in March 2012.
22 Jump’s audience skewed younger: 56 percent were under the age of 25, and they were evenly split between men and women. Thanks to an excellent marketing campaign, solid reviews (83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and strong word-of-mouth (“A-” CinemaScore), “22 Jump Street” should hold up well in the coming weeks. Don’t be surprised if this movie earns over $150 million by the end of its run.
In second place, DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2” opened to an estimated $50 million. For the record, That’s an improvement over the first movie’s $43.7 million opening. But me thinks Dreamworks was expecting a lot more from the sequel to a very popular movie. Looks like the four-year gap between movies was a huge factor here.
Dragon’s audience was 53 percent female and 56 percent under the age of 25. Those who saw the movie awarded it a strong “A” CinemaScore. “How to Train Your Dragon 2” earned $26 million from International markets, and has yet to open in many more.
The good news is Dragon 2 faces very little competition for the remainder of the Summer, so it may do okay in the long run. However, I doubt it will come close to matching its original;s $218 million.
In third place, “Maleficent” dropped 45 percent to an estimated $19 million this weekend. This movie continues to perform well, on Saturday, it passed “Snow White and the Huntsman,” and has now earned $163.5 million. Meanwhile overseas, the movie is doing even better, earning $272 million.
And after taking first place last weekend, young-adult adaptation “The Fault in our Stars” wound up in fifth place this weekend with $15.7 million. A drop was expected, but the movie’s 67 percent nosedive is surprising. After 10 days, Fault in Our Stars has earned $81.7 million at home, and just under $39 million overseas.
Your top five movies this weekend:
1. 22 Jump Street — $60 million
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 — $50 million
3. Maleficient — $19 million
4. Edge of Tomorrow — $16 million
4. The Fault in Our Stars — $15.7 million