‘22 Jump Street’ bounds to top of U.S. box officeNEW YORK/LOS ANGELES - “22 Jump Street,” starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as cops who return to college undercover, collected $60 million in ticket sales at domestic theaters over the weekend, out-gunning animated “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”
The sequel to the 2012 hit “21 Jump Street” handily topped “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” a sequel to the 2010 blockbuster which took in $50 million from Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian box offices, according to tracking firm Rentrak.
“Maleficent,” Disney’s take on “Sleeping Beauty” starring Angelina Jolie as the spell-casting evil fairy, was third with $19 million. “Maleficent” has totaled $163.5 million since its May 30 release, for a global total of more than $436 million.
“22 Jump Street” started the weekend on a strong note, collecting $5.5 million in ticket sales at Thursday night shows, according to Box Office Mojo, which called the take “awesome.”
“The picture is aligned to be the second-biggest R-rated comedy of all time,” said Rory Bruer, president of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures, citing the strong debut which was the second-best R-comedy opening in history, after “The Hangover 2.”
Studio officials said “How to Train Your Dragon 2” had been poised to open somewhere around $45 million to $48 million, “so going to $50 million is phenomenal,” said Chris Aronson, president of domestic distribution for 20th Century Fox.
The Tom Cruise sci-fi film “Edge of Tomorrow,” about a soldier who relives each day after dying in battle, was fourth with $16.2 million during a disappointing domestic run that has so far totaled $56.6 million. It has added sales well over twice that much in international markets.
“The Fault in Our Stars,” the $12 million teen drama that led last weekend’s box office, fell to fifth with sales of $15.7 million.