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Weekend B.O. June 13-15 (Who Would Have Thunk It?)

Box Office
by Sergio
June 15, 2014 12:19 PM
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It was the battle of the two sequels of two very popular movies - one an animated family friendly film with a cuddly dragon, and the other, a violent, profane R-rated buddy comedy.

Now logic would assume that the animated film would be the victor, appealing to a larger, more mainstream audience of all ages; but instead it was the R-rated film that won this weekend. 

Who saw that coming?

"22 Jump Street" grossed $60 million, making it the 4th highest weekend tally for any R-rated film ("The Matrix Reloaded" is still No. 1 with an opening $91.5 million).

"How to Train Your Dragon 2" came in second with $50 million, which is being considered a disappointment, despite the aggressive marketing, phenomenal word of mouth and stellar reviews the film has gotten. However, look for "Jump Street" to drop off quickly in the following weeks, while "Dragon" does steady business, with no competition for the next few weeks, when it comes to family movies. It’s fairly certain that "Dragon" will eventually out gross "Jump Street" in the long run.

Last week’s No. 1 film, "The Fault in Our Stars," dropped a whopping 67%, indicating most likely that of the audience for the film (teenage girls) saw it during the first week of its release. But with a box office total of almost $82 million, "Stars," with its very low $12 million production cost, is already well into the black.

As for Tom Cruise’s "Edge of Tomorrow," the film dropped a more modest 43%, beating out "Stars" this week, and indicating a much stronger word of mouth for the film.

And as for "Belle," the film dropped to 14th place, with $510,000 for the weekend, with a total so far of $8, 569,000.

1) 22 Jump Street Sony $60,000,000 
2) How to Train Your Dragon 2 Fox $50,000,000 
3) Maleficent BV $19,008,000 Total: $163,525,000 
4) Edge of Tomorrow WB $16,175,000 Total: $56,649,000 
5) The Fault in our Stars Fox $15,725,000 Total: $81,700,000 
6) X-Men: Days of Future Past Fox $9,500,000  Total: $205,940,000 
7) Godzilla WB $3,155,000 Total: $191,301,000 
8) A Million Ways to Die in the West Uni. $3,077,000 Total:  $38,937,000 
9) Neighbors Uni. $2,484,000 Total: $143,137,000 
10) Chef ORF $2,276,000 Total: $14,076,000 
11)  Blended WB $1,640,000 Total: $40,288,000 
12) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sony $960,000  Total: $198,392,000 
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  • Daryl | June 16, 2014 4:38 PMReply

    22 jump st is no surprise it did these type of numbers, this what the audience wants franchises, special effects, and tired cliches, as for Tim Story so what he is the biggest box office black director of all time, he is not the best, not even in the top 10, it is what it is. I judge director by if I like there films, I can give a damn about how much money they make. What Think Like Man 2 does at the box office has no bearing on the future of black films, too many of us get caught in that game, the only thing that's going to happen if it makes a 100 million is you going to see a million black films just like it with the studios trying to cash in on the same formula.

  • Fred | June 16, 2014 5:16 PM

    None of that makes sense. Must be a slow day at the post office

  • Mike | June 16, 2014 2:00 PMReply

    Tim Story is not on the same level as Steven Spielberg. One thing I will say about Tim Story is that he is a talented Film Director. May I add, that is first African-American Film Director that was given the chance to direct a major Super Hero movie. Since Tim Story directed Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer; there has not been a African-American Film Director in the running for Disney/Marvel Super Hero Properties or Warner Bros./DC Comics Super Hero properties.

  • Cal | June 15, 2014 5:26 PMReply

    Mentioning Tim Story and Spielberg in the same sentence makes no sense and should be against the law.

  • sergio | June 15, 2014 6:57 PM

    Exactly. Just because his films makes ton of money means that he's some sort of visionary with his own personal style. He's good at picking the right commercial projects with the right cast that attract an audience. And he knows his strengths and limitations as a director

  • Beemooree | June 15, 2014 2:45 PMReply

    Will think like a man too knock 22 jump street from #1 next week?

  • troublemaker | June 15, 2014 5:19 PM

    I hope it does well internationally also because TLAM only had a limited release internationally. I hope it has a wide release internationally and I hope it does very well because that will show that black folks can sell internationally as well.

  • mark | June 15, 2014 4:20 PM

    so if tim story is the biggest grossing black director, doe that make him our spielberg?? i'm not sure how i feel about that

  • ALP | June 15, 2014 4:18 PM

    Tim Story secret is not a secret: it's called "Kevin Hart". Seriously.

  • sergio | June 15, 2014 4:00 PM

    Not $60 million but Man 2 is expected to do somewhere in the high $40's million which is good enough to make it No.1 next weekend and the advance talk is that it will outgross the first one which made around $92 million. Which would further cement Tim Story is the biggest grossing black director ever. What's his secret?

  • troublemaker | June 15, 2014 3:55 PM

    I never thought that 21 Jump Street would have made so much money! I thought those teenage girls would have The Fault in our Stars hold on to #1. I'm happy that I was proven wrong! Maleficent is really doing well. It only fell one notch to #3. I think TLAM2 may have a good chance at getting #1. I hope it does well this coming weekend.

  • ALP | June 15, 2014 3:46 PM

    Likely, but not guaranteed. Consider this was "22" opening weekend at 60mil. "Man 2" is NOT making 60mil opening weekend. If "22" has a significant drop-off (ex: 50%), and there are no major releases next week, "Man 2" has a chance.

  • sergio | June 15, 2014 2:52 PM

    Very likely

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