22 Jump Street was going to do well, but that it jumped ahead of How to Train Your Dragon 2 at the box office is pretty amazing. The latter is likely to play longer and do more business, but the former is director Phil Lord and Chris Miller‘s second $60 Million dollar opening this year. That’s got to be a record.
|1||22 Jump Street||$60,000,000||$18,149||$60,000,000|
|2||How to Train Your Dragon 2||$50,000,000||11,756||$50,000,000|
|4||Edge of Tomorrow||$16,175,000 (-43.8)||$4,615||$56,649,000|
|5||The Fault in Our Stars||$15,725,000 (-67.2)
|6||X-Men: Days of Future Past||$9,500,000 (-37.3)||$3,123||$205,940,000|
|8||A Million Ways to Die in the West||$3,077,000 (-58.1)||$1,275||$38,937,000|
22 Jump Street is obviously a clear win for everyone involved, is the biggest R-rated comedy of the year (so far) and the second biggest R-rated comedy opening of all time (behind only The Hangover Part II). The nice thing for the picture is that next week offers weak direct competition, and it should hold fairly well. But sequels tend to be front loaded, so it’s possible it might not pass the first film’s $138 Million. It should pass the hundred million dollar mark sometime next weekend, though, possibly by next Saturday.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 feels like it should have been bigger. As the only animated movie in months, and with a beloved first film and with mostly good to great reviews I’m a little surprised it didn’t go bigger. At this point, it’s all about the film’s staying power. But as a sequel it could be front loaded. Weird.
Maleficent may not make it to $200 Million, but it’s even bigger internationally, so it’s going to do half a billion worldwide, and could spawn a sequel (believe it or not). Edge of Tomorrow didn’t get better, though it held at least respectably — something that can’t be said for The Fault in Our Stars, which had a horror movie tumble. The question is if it has just enough juice to get over $100 Million domestic. It should, but just.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is the first film of the summer to cross the two hundred million dollar mark. This is pathetic. Either this year’s crop of blockbusters had zero staying power, or there’s been such a shift in how people go to movies that these films are losing traction. Perhaps we’ll eventually get a movie that either opens to huge numbers or has staying power (or maybe both), but we haven’t seen it yet. The make or break of this summer will be Transformers 4. Godzilla may not clear $200 Million at this point, while The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is now at $198 Million and change, and should just get there within the next two weeks (which also means it’s off $62 Million from the previous film, which means it’s a disaster).
Reality Check: I bet that How to Train Your Dragon would be the sixty million dollar film this weekend, which turned out to be 22. I don’t think that was a bad bet as often kids films are underrated, and films that open to a vacuum of similar movies tend to do well. What it could be is that families took their kids to films like X-Men and Spider-Man, or those are playing to the same audience – these boy-centric adventures. I do feel that I should have seen Fault‘s collapse as self evident — I thought its flashy opening might attract a different set of eyes, but on that I was dead wrong.
What did you watch this weekend?