Box Office: '22 Jump Street' Surges With $60M; 'Dragon 2' Hits $50M
UPDATED: The two sequels command most of the business over Father's Day weekend, while "Godzilla" wins the international race thanks to a $36 million China launch; Robert Pattinson's "The Rover" opens to subdued numbers in limited launch.
Laughing its way to the second-best opening of all time for an R-rated comedy, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill's 22 Jump Street beat out How to Train Your Dragon 2 for the top spot at the Father's Day weekend box office with $60 million.
The Hangover: Part II remains the record-holder for top R-rated comedy ($85.9 million).
22 Jump Street, costing under $60 million to produce, is a win for Sony and MGM, debuting 65 percent ahead of the first Jump Street, which debuted to $36.3 million in summer 2012. Overseas, the comedy took in $6.9 million from 14 markets for an early cume of $20.6 million, including an outstanding $16.6 million in the U.K., where it opened last weekend.
Earning stellar reviews, Jump Street also nabbed an A- CinemaScore from moviegoers. In this installment, Hill and Tatum, playing two bumbling undercover cops, are assigned to infiltrate a local college.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) directed both the original and the sequel. Moviegoers between the ages of 17 and 34 are the most ardent fans of Jump Street. The audience was evenly split between males and females, with an impressive 56 percent of the audience under the age of 25.
"I think it has so many things going for it, starting with the incredible chemistry between Channing and Jonah. These guys are so funny together, and we also had great directors," Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer said.
From DreamWorks Animation and Fox, Dragon 2 took in $50 million, marking DWA's best opening in two years, although some had predicted it would open north of $55 million. Dragon 2 came in ahead of the first Dragon, which opened to just north of $36 million in March 2010.
Jeffrey Katzenberg's DWA needs a win after a series of box-office misfires. Overseas, Dragon 2 got off to an impressive start in its first 25 markets (many are smaller), grossing $24.8 million and coming in No. 1 everywhere, including in Russia with $12.8 million. Fox and DWA believe Dragon 2 will be counterprogramming to the World Cup, which got underway June12.
Based on Friday's traffic, projections had showed Dragon 2 launching to $53 million in North America, but a 7 percent drop from Friday to Saturday made that impossible. Generally, family films see a jump on Saturday.
Like 22 Jump Street, Dragon 2 earned glowing notices and an even better CinemaScore (A).
Dean DeBlois returned to direct Dragon 2, which follows the heroic Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his faithful dragon as they try to save the world from the power-hungry Drago. The voice cast also features Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera and Hill.
"This is one of those rare times when audiences and critics are aligned. And with no other animated film in the marketplace for six weeks, Dragon will be flying high," said Chris Aronson, domestic distribution chief for Fox.
Disney's Maleficent continued to bewitch audiences, placing No. 3 in its third weekend with $19 million for a domestic total of $163.5 million and worldwide total of $436.4 million, becoming Angelina Jolie's No. 2 live-action title of all time after Mr. & Mrs. Smith ($478 million).
Tom Cruise's troubled sc-fi epic Edge of Tomorrow didn't find much relief in its second weekend, grossing $16.2 million for a domestic total of $56.6 million. The Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow title fell to No. 4.
The $178 million epic continued to fare better overseas, taking in $37.4 million for a foreign total of $181 million and worldwide cume of $237.6 million. Edge narrowly edged past Maleficent ($37.2 million) internationally to come in No. 2 for the weekend behind Godzilla, which powered to a first-place finish ($38 million), thanks to a $36 million debut in China.
Globally, Godzilla crossed the $400 million mark over the weekend, finishing Sunday with a total $429.6 million, including $248.3 million internationally.
Even though the World Cup didn't take too much out of the foreign box office, that will change in the coming days as group play ends.
Edge of Tomorrow beat out Fox's YA adaptation The Fault in Our Stars in North America, which tumbled a steep 67 percent in its second weekend to $15.7 million for a North American cume of $81.7 million. The movie's drop underscores how fan-fueled the property is (younger females make up the vast majority of the audience). Nevertheless, the film — costing just $12 million to make — will be one of the most profitable properties of the summer.
Worldwide, Fault in Our Stars, based on John Green's book and starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as young lovers who meet in a cancer support group, crossed the $100 million mark as it took in another $16.4 million overseas from 37 markets for an early international total of $39.3 million.
Fox took a gamble and went up against the World Cup in Brazil, host country of the World Cup soccer championships. The move is paying off, with Brazil leading all other markets to date. The film's $4.2 million running total has already exceeded the lifetime grosses of Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent (Green's book is cultural phenomenon in Brazil).
Fault, which has yet to open in many larger countries, including the U.K., opened to $1.9 million in Germany over the weekend. Generally speaking, Green's book isn't as well known internationally.
Furthering Fox's strong summer, X-Men: Days of Future Past crossed the $200 million mark over the weekend at the domestic box office, eclipsing Godzilla and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which will finish the weekend with estimated totals of $191 million and $198 million, respectively. Internationally, Bryan Singer's superhero tentpole has now earned $457.6 million for a world total of $663.5 million.
Robert Pattinson's much-publicized gritty indie drama The Rover, directed by Australian David Michod (Animal Kingdom) and co-starring Guy Pearce, opened to troubled numbers at the specialty box office, grossing $70,000 from five locations in New York and Los Angeles for a location average of $14,000. The Rover, distributed by A24 Films in the U.S., made its world premiere last month at the Cannes Film Festival.
Sci-fi thriller The Signal also stumbled in its debut, grossing $146,000 from 120 locations for a location average of $1,217. Directed by William Eubank, the 2014 Sundance Film Festival entry stars Laurence Fishburne, Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke and Lin Shaye. Focus Features is releasing the film domestically.
Here are the top 10 estimates for the weekend of June 13-15 at the domestic box office:
Title, Weeks in Release/Theater Count, Studio, Friday Total, Percentage Drop, Cume
1. 22 Jump Street, 1/3,306, Sony/MGM, $60 million.
2. How to Train Your Dragon 2, 1/4,253, Fox/DWA, $50 million.
3. Maleficent, 3/3,623, Disney, $19 million, -45%, $163.5 million.
4. Edge of Tomorrow, 2/3,505, Warner Bros./Village Roadshow, $16.2 million, -44%, $56.6 million.
5. The Fault in Our Stars, 2/3,273, Fox, $15.7 million, -67%, $81.7
6. X-Men: Days of Future Past, 4/3,042, Fox, $9.5 million, -37%, $205.9 million.
7. Godzilla, 5/2,088, Warner Bros./Legendary, $3.2 million, -48%, $191.3 million.
8. A Million Ways to Die in the West, 3/2,413, Universal/MRC, $3.1 million, -58%, $36.9 million.
9. Neighbors, 6/1,896, Universal, $2.5 million, -53%, $143.1 million.
10. Chef, 6/1,102, Open Road Films, $2.3 million, -13% $14.1 million.