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'22 Jump Street' beats 'Dragon 2' at weekend box office

Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill's undercover cop comedy edged out "How to Train Your Dragon 2" at the weekend box office.
By Kate Stanton   |   June 15, 2014 at 4:22 PM   |   Comments

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LOS ANGELES, June 15 (UPI) -- 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2, two critically acclaimed sequels, dominated the weekend box office.

22 Jump Street, which offered its own meta-commentary on the inedibility of sequels, opened with $60 million, an astonishing 65 percent more than its predecessor. 21 Jump Street, which also starred Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as an unlikely pair of undercover cops, earned $36.3 million back in 2012.

These numbers make Jump Street the highest-grossing live-action comedy since 2011's The Hangover Part II.

"Give big kudos to Jonah and Channing," Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer said in a statement. "Their chemistry is something special. They work hard and play hard and love what they're doing; that shows, and audiences responded in a big way."

The weekend's other big opener, Dreamworks' PG-rated offering, How to Train Your Dragon 2, pulled in a respectable $50 million. The original earned $47.5 million in 2010 (adjusted for inflation), and it received an A CinemaScore from audiences.

Angelina Jolie's Maleficent came in third place with $19 million, while Tom Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow came in fourth with $16.2 million.

Shailene Woodley's tearjerker, The Fault In Our Stars, earned only $15.7 million, a 67 percent decline from last week's juggernaut premiere.

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