The cops are beating up the dragon.
"22 Jump Street," the sequel to the hit about two inept cops who infiltrate a high school, seems to have scored a triumph in the clash of the sequels in this weekend's box office. The new film got off to a solid lead over "How to Train Your Dragon 2," taking in an estimated $25 million on Friday, an impressive start for the well-reviewed film.
The turnout Friday for "22 Jump Street," starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, makes it the second highest-scoring R-rated comedy debut, behind "The Hangover Part II," which pulled in $31.6 million in its opening day. The original film, "21 Jump Street" took in $13.6 million in its opening day.
The Columbia and MGM film should bring in at least $60 million through the weekend, analysts estimate.
Meanwhile, DreamWorks Animation's sequel "How to Train Your Dragon 2," brought in an estimated $18.5 million on Friday. "Dragon 2," also a critical favorite, is likely to get a bump from the weekend family crowd, particularly on Father's Day on Sunday. But it will be difficult to overcome "22 Jump Street's" early lead and is likely to take in $50 million to $55 million over the weekend.
Last week's top film, "The Fault in Our Stars" dropped to third place with $6.35 million in its opening day. The live-action fairy tale "Maleficent," with Angelina Jolie, came in fourth with $5.8 million. The Tom Cruise sci-fi vehicle, "Edge of Tomorrow," continues to struggle, taking in $4.56 million on Friday to land in fifth.
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