22 Jump, “Dragon 2” Score Stellar Box-Office

Saturday Afternoon: The Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill-led “22 Jump Street” is reportedly on course to score the second highest domestic opening of all time for an R-rated comedy.

‘Jump’ took in $25 million on Friday for a projected $60 million-plus weekend, the only R-rated comedy to open higher being the $85.9 million that “The Hangover: Part II” launched to in 2011. Reviews have been quite strong, and audiences are loving it with the film scoring an A- CinemaScore from moviegoers.

DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2” came in second on Friday with $18.5 million, with the film heading toward a $53 million weekend. It’s the best opening day for a film from the studio in two years. Reviews haven’t been as strong as the first film but are still very good, whilst audiences warmed to it with an A CinemaScore.

The young adult romance adaptation “The Fault in Our Stars” came third on Friday with $6.4 million, leading to a likely second weekend of $17 million – down a steep 65% from its stellar opening. Tom Cruise’s sci-fi epic “Edge of Tomorrow” still isn’t finding an audience with the film expected to earn in the $15 million range for the weekend.

Sunday Morning: “22 Jump Street” came in first with $60 million, followed by “How to Train Your Dragon 2” with $50 million. “The Fault in Our Stars” fell further than expected with a 67% drop-off to $15.7 million and fifth place. On the limited release front, “The Rover” opened on five screens and scored a pretty good $14,000 per screen average.

Source: THR