Both of this weekend's new releases opened big at the box office, but there was a bit of a surprise at the top spot.
In at number 1 is 22 Jump Street with $60 million. The return of Jenko and Schmidt nearly doubled the $36M opening weekend total of its predecessor, and added its name to the relatively small list of successful comedy sequels.
For 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miler, this is their second #1 opening for 2014; the other being The LEGO Movie ($69M). Celebrations all around for the 22 Jump Street crew, but will we see a 23 Jump Street?
Not far behind is How to Train Your Dragon 2 with $50 million. Like Jump, How to Train Your Dragon 2 outperformed its predecessor, only by a smaller margin. Still, this should be considered another rousing success for DreamWorks Animation.
Although HTTYD 2 opened in the tougher summer season, we suspect it will have no problem matching the first film's $217M domestic gross. And with little in the way of family-friendly competition, we expect the sequel to make a deep box office run.
Coming in at number 3 is Maleficent with $19 million. Disney's live-action reimagining of Sleeping Beauty is drawing some big numbers domestically ($163M) and internationally ($272M). Heading into its release, many saw Maleficent as an expensive gamble, but yet again, Disney pulled it off.
The number 4 film this weekend is Edge of Tomorrow with $16.1 million, which brings the film's domestic gross up to $56 million. Tom Cruise has certainly seen better days at the box office, but it isn't all bad news. The star's international prowess is still strong enough that Edge of Tomorrow has been able to accrue a sizeable $181M sum from overseas audiences for a worldwide total of $237 million.
Rounding out the top 5 is The Fault in Our Stars with $15.7 million. As many predicted, this YA adaptation took a big tumble in its second weekend – a byproduct of that initial opening rush. Still, at $81 million overall, The Fault in Our Stars has done very well, all things considered.
X-Men: Days of Future Past comes in at number 6 with $9.5 million. Now at $205 million, DOFP has surpassed The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for the number 3 spot on this year's top grossers list (domestic). Worldwide, X-Men is up to $661 million and holding firm at number 3 there as well.
In at number 7 is Godzilla with $3.1 million. The return of the apex predator has been a huge success for Warner Bros., grossing $191 million domestic and $439 million worldwide.
The number 8 film this weekend is A Million Ways to Die in the West with $3 million, which brings its domestic total up to a paltry $38 million. By comparison, Seth MacFarlane's other feature film release, Ted, was up to $159 million by its third weekend.
Coming in at number 9 is Neighbors with $2.4 million. Universal's R-rated comedy is up to $143 million.
Rounding out the top 10 is Chef with $2.2 million. Jon Favreau's independent film continues to hold very well, dropping only 15% this weekend. Chef is now up to $14 million.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, June 15th - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo