22 Jump Street Slays Dragons At the Box Office

Somewhat surprisingly, the well reviewed action-comedy sequel 22 Jump Street slayed the well reviewed animated family sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 at the box office, tickling up $60 million in domestic revenue against Dragon‘s $50 million (estimates). Both were expected to do well, but How to Train Your Dragon 2 was aiming to do business in line with other major animated franchises (Monsters University earned $80+ million in its similarly timed opening weekend last year).

Holding power will be the name of the game for Dragon, as the film doesn’t face direct competition until mid-July with Disney’s money-grab Planes: Fire & Rescue, so it’s too early to say exactly what its quasi-disappointing opening means for the film and the franchise. Personally, I found the movie overrated, though as children’s fare goes, it has plenty of thrills and excitement to keep kids spellbound.

As for 22 Jump Street, it looks like some of those sequels teased in the closing credits may come to pass.

In other news, Maleficent continues to hold well, Edge of Tomorrow got good news with a healthy 44% drop (go see this movie now! It may be the best blockbuster release of the summer) and The Fault in Our Stars plummeted 67% to earn only $15.7 million, thanks primarily to the fact that every teenager who read the book went and saw the movie last weekend.

Here is a list of the top ten box office earners for the weekend of June 13 – 15, 2014:

  1. 22 Jump Street $60.0 million
  2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 $50.0 million
  3. Maleficent $19.0 million
  4. Edge of Tomorrow $16.2 million
  5. The Fault in Our Stars $15.7 million
  6. X-Men: Days of Future Past $9.5 million
  7. Godzilla $3.2 million
  8. A Million Ways to Die in the West $3.0 million
  9. Neighbors $2.5 million
  10. Chef $2.3 million
By Erik Samdahl
Related categories: Action Movies, Animated Movies, Box Office, Comedies, Family Movies