Box office roundup – June 15, 2014 – “22 Jump Street” blazes past “Dragon 2”

22-Jump-Street-Jonah Hill and Channig Tatum girls in bikinis1. 22 Jump Street – $60 million [debut week] – The sequel to the surprising 2012 hit starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill came out with both guns blazing rocketing to a tremendous opening weekend nearly doubling the $36 million of the original. Additionally, it only trailed “The Hangover Part II” ($85.9 million) for the highest debut for a Rated R comedy.

It’s very possible that this could be the seventh film this year to open at the top spot and fall off the next weekend. More than half its audience was 25 and under so the chances of a massive second weekend are slim, but distributor Sony Pictures has to be pleased with this performance. Clearly Hill’s homophobic statements didn’t impact business at all and audiences were perfectly willing to forgive him. That or they just wanted to see Tatum again.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 22. How to Train Your Dragon 2 – $50 million [debut week] The other big sequel this weekend outpaced its 2010 predecessor, which brought in an unexpected $43.7 million. Don’t be surprised if next week “Dragon” surpasses “22 Jump Street” since there isn’t a lot of options for families, some of whom may have skipped out on seeing this during Father’s Day weekend.

3. Maleficent – $20 million [3rd week; $163 million in total] – Angelina Jolie’s fantasy adventure continues to bring in big bucks, remaining a pivotal force in the Top 5 and no real signs of letting up. In another weekend this live-action take on “Sleeping Beauty” should surpass Jolie’s previous career best, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” which earned $186 million in 2005.

David James/Warner Bros. Pictures Rita (Emily Blunt) and Cage (Tom Cruise) star in "Edge of Tomorrow."
David James/Warner Bros. Pictures
Rita (Emily Blunt) and Cage (Tom Cruise) star in “Edge of Tomorrow.”

4. Edge of Tomorrow – $16.1 million [2nd weekend; $56 million] – Tom Cruise’s latest sci-fi film held up pretty well in its second weekend. Thanks to an $111 million haul internationally, the film should recoup its $178 million budget next weekend and “Edge” may domestically overcome Cruise’s previous film, “Oblivion,” which finished with its 2013 run with $89 million.

5.  The Fault in Our Stars – $15.7 million [2nd week; $81 million] – Shailene Woodley’s romantic teen tear-jerker slipped a bit farther than expected in its second week, but it should easily clear $100 million in a few more weeks.