Sequel Showdown

"22 Jump Street" Tops Box Office With $60M Debut

"22 Jump Street" took the number one spot and "How to Train Your Dragon 2" took number two this weekend at the box office.

Jun 16, 2014 | 01:22 PM

Sequels ruled at the box office this weekend, as "22 Jump Street" took home the box office crown this Father's Day weekend, earning a whopping $60 million.

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill reunited for the undercover cop buddy comedy, which put the stars in a college setting this time around and opened on 3,300 screens. The opening is the second biggest for an R-rated comedy in history, right behind “The Hangover Part II” ($85.9 million).

"22 Jump Street" almost doubled the $36 million debut of 2012's "21 Jump Street," which was also directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The audience was evenly divided between males and females, and more than half of the audience was under 25, with 44% aged 25 and over.

"All the stars were aligned for us," said Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures' president of worldwide distribution. "We had great reviews, great stars, audiences loved it and Lord and Miller know funny and executed beautifully."

Most analysts thought "How to Train Your Dragon 2" would win the weekend and it had the lead in pre-sold tickets, but the animated DreamWorks earned the number two spot at the box office with $50 million and 4,235 screens.

“The Fault in Our Stars” earned less than its big opening the weekend before, dropping 67% to make $15.7 million in sales. "Malificent" is still putting up strong numbers, grossing $19.1 million. "Edge of Tomorrow" made $16.1 million during the weekend.

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