'Jump Street' Slays 'How to Train Your Dragon' in Sequel Duel
Welcome to the Box Office Report, where '22 Jump Street' sails, 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' tags along, and 'The Fault in Our Stars' flails.
Welcome to the Box Office Report, where 22 Jump Street sails, How to Train Your Dragon 2 tags along, and The Fault in Our Stars flails.
1. 22 Jump Street (Sony): $60 million in 3,306 theaters.
Well, they did it. The movie with two poorly-timed jokes (one about Tracy Morgan, the other Maya Angelou) poked fun at itself and the lameness of sequels and was rewarded with the box office title. The second installment's $60 million haul made back its budget in just one week. The positive reviews of this discursive Jonah Hill-Channing Tatum bromance should be enough to carry it strongly through June.
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Fox): $50 million in 4,253 theaters.
If you didn't learn how to train your dragon already, this sophomore episode of the budding franchise is getting a lot of love from both critics and audiences. Despite the four-year gap, the second HTYD opened even stronger than the original, which went on to make a boatload of money.
3. Maleficent (Buena Vista): $19 million in 3,623 theaters.
For a movie that not a ton of people seemed to like, Maleficent continues to perform strongly at the box office. In its third week, the Jolie flick took a little tumble, but should clear the half-a-billion benchmark next week with a lot of help from international audiences, over which Jolie has clearly cast a spell.
4. Edge of Tomorrow (Warner Brothers): $16.2 million in 3,505 theaters.
Poor Tom Cruise. After debuting in third place last week, the sci-fi Groundhog Day reboot continues to sulk despite the fact that everyone seems to love this movie. Maybe, when all is said and done, we'll have a cult classic on our hands.
5. The Fault in Our Stars (Fox): $15.7 million in 3,273 theaters.
This saccharine tearjerker fell to the bottom of the top five just one week after a brilliantly executed opening weekend campaign helped The Fault in Our Stars take the box office crown, surprising some industry prognosticators. This week's performance proves it might not have the crossover appeal that its champions said it would.